Send to

Choose Destination
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1996 Aug 14;225(2):654-9.

Characterization of RNA binding activity and RNA helicase activity of the hepatitis C virus NS3 protein.

Author information

Department of Biological Sciences, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon, Korea.


The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) NS3 protein has RNA binding activity, RNA-stimulated NTPase activity, and RNA helicase activity. The RNA binding activity of the C-terminal domain of the HCV NS3 protein is less sensitive to pH, KCl, and MgCl2 than NTPase and the RNA helicase activity. The overall order of the binding of homoribopolymer for the NS3 protein was poly(U) > > poly(A) > poly(G), poly(C). The minimal RNA binding size of the HCV NS3 protein was determined using a gel retardation assay and is estimated between 7 nt and 20 nt. The HCV RNA helicase unwinds RNA/DNA heteroduplexes as well as RNA/RNA duplexes and it catalytically translocates in the 3' to 5' direction.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center