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2KDR: Solution structure of HCV NS4B(227-254)
An amphipathic alpha-helix at the C terminus of hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein 4B mediates membrane association
J. Virol. (2009) 83 p.11378-11384
Nonstructural protein 4B (NS4B) plays an essential role in the formation of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication complex. It is an integral membrane protein that has been only poorly characterized to date. It is believed to comprise a cytosolic N-terminal part, a central part harboring four transmembrane passages, and a cytosolic C-terminal part. Here, we describe an amphipathic alpha-helix at the C terminus of NS4B (amino acid residues 229 to 253) that mediates membrane association and is involved in the formation of a functional HCV replication complex.