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Perturbations induced by synthetic peptides from hepatitis G virus structural proteins in lipid model membranes: a fluorescent approach

AuthorsLarios, Cristina; Casas, Jordi; Mestres, Concepció; Haro Villar, Isabel ; Alsina, M. Asunción
KeywordsHepatitis G
Issue Date31-Aug-2005
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
CitationLuminescence 20(4-5): 279-281 (2005)
AbstractThe name HGV/GBV-C remains as an acronym for hepatitis G virus (HGV) and GB virus-C (GBV-C), strain variants of this enveloped RNA virus independently but simultaneously discovered in 1995. Nowadays there is no evidence that it causes hepatitis in humans either during initial infection or after long-term carriage, but it has been recently related with HIV regarding the inhibition of progression to AIDS.
The overall genomic organization of HGV/GBV-C is similar to that of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other members of the Flavivirus family in Hepacivirus genus. Although a stretch of conserved, hydrophobic amino acids within the envelop glycoprotein of HCV has been proposed as the virus fusion peptide, the mode of entry of GBV-C/HGV into target cells is at present unknown. In the present work, sequences derived from the structural E2-protein of HGV/GBV-C have been selected by means of semiempirical methods and then synthesized manually following solid-phase methodologies. Their ability to induce perturbations in model membranes has been analysed by measuring the penetration of such peptides in lipid monolayers and by a series of experiments based on tryptophan peptide fluorescence emission spectra. Besides, release of vesicular contents to the medium was monitored by the ANTS/DPX assay. The membrane destabilization properties of these peptides was found very related with the lenght of the sequence.
Description3 pages, 2 figures.-- PMID: 16134194 [PubMed].-- Printed version published in issue Jul-Oct 2005.-- Issue title: "Proceedings of the XIth International Symposium on Luminescence Spectrometry - Detection Techniques in Biomedical and Environmental Analysis - (ISLS 2004). Part 2" (Beijing, China, Sep 22-24, 2004).
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bio.850
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