Albany 2013: Book of Abstracts

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June 11-15 2013
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Mechanisms of viral dsRNA detection and antiviral signal activation by MDA5 filament

MDA5, a viral double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) receptor, shares sequence similarity and interferon signaling pathways with RIG-I, yet plays essential functions in antiviral immunity by recognizing largely distinct groups of viruses and viral RNAs. We have previously shown that MDA5 forms novel filamentous oligomers by stacking monomers along the length of dsRNA head-to-tail, and that such filament formation is distinct from monomeric binding observed with RIG-I. We have recently determined the first crystal structure of MDA5 in complex with dsRNA, which revealed the molecular basis for functional divergence between RIG-I and MDA5, and in particular the divergent mechanism for dsRNA recognition and filament formation. We have further demonstrated that MDA5 filament formation is (1) required for high affinity interaction with dsRNA, (2 provides a molecular framework to measure dsRNA length that is orders of magnitude larger than the individual protein itself, and finally, (3) brings the signaling domain, tandem CARD (2CARD), into proximity to promote oligomerization of 2CARD, which in turn activates interferon signaling pathways by inducing MAVS filament formation. Interestingly, during each of these processes, ATP plays critical roles by allowing conformational change and oligomerization of 2CARD within the filament, while triggering dissociation of MDA5 from filament ends which then regulates the global stability of the filament (and 2CARD oligomers) in a dsRNA length-dependent manner. Our discoveries of the novel roles of ATP hydrolysis, filament dynamics and the structure of the MDA5:dsRNA complex together provide comprehensive understanding of the complex molecular mechanisms of MDA5 function during self and non-self RNA discrimination, and offers novel insights into the divergent evolution of MDA5 and RIG-I.



    Bin Wu, Alys Peisley, Claire Richards, Hui Yao, Xiaohui Zeng, Cecilie Lin, Feixia Chu, Thomas Walz and Sun Hur, Structural Basis for dsRNA recognition, filament formation and antiviral signaling by MDA5. Cell (2012). Epub, PMID: 23273991.

    Alys Peisley*, MyungHyun Jo*, Cecilie Lin, Bin Wu, McGhee Orme-Johnson, Thomas Walz, Sungchul Hohng & Sun Hur. Kinetic Mechanism for Viral dsRNA Length Discrimination by MDA5 Filament. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2012), 109, E3340-9. PMID: 23129641.

    Alys Peisley, Cecilie Lin, Bin Wu, McGhee Orme-Johnson, Marion Liu, Thomas Walz & Sun Hur. Cooperative Assembly and Dynamic Disassembly of MDA5 Filaments for Viral dsRNA Recognition. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2011), 108, 21010-5. PMID: 22160685.

    Alys Peisley & Sun Hur. Multi-level regulation of cellular recognition of viral dsRNA. Cell Mol Life Sci. (2012), PMID: 22960755.

Bin Wu
Alys Peisley
Sun Hur

Department of Biological Chemistry
Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA 02115

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