Our previous structural studies on intact, infectious murine norovirus 1 (MNV-1) virions demonstrated that the receptor binding protruding (P) domains are lifted off the inner shell of the virus. Here, the threedimensional (3D) reconstructions of recombinant rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (rRHDV) virus-like particles (VLPs) and intact MNV-1 were determined to ∼8-Å resolution. rRHDV also has a raised P domain, and therefore, this conformation is independent of infectivity and genus. The atomic structure of the MNV-1 P domain was used to interpret the MNV-1 reconstruction. Connections between the P and shell domains and between the floating P domains were modeled. This observed P-domain flexibility likely facilitates virus-host receptor interactions.
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- Insect Science