Molecule of the Month: Zika Virus
Cryo-electron microscopy reveals the structure of Zika virus
Studying Zika Virus
Exploring the Structure
Zika Virus Proteins
The cryo-EM structure includes atomic coordinates for the envelope protein (red) and the membrane protein (magenta). The entire virus includes 180 copies of these proteins, but only one of each are shown here. Both proteins have a loop that is embedded into the membrane. The structure also includes the first two sugars of the carbohydrate attached to an asparagine amino acid in the envelope protein. To explore this structure in more detail, take a look at the interactive Jmol using the button above.
Topics for Further Discussion
- The PDB archive includes many structures for other flaviviruses. To find them, try searching on the main RCSB PDB site for “Dengue” or “West Nile”.
- A paper model of Zika virus is available at PDB-101.
May 2016, David Goodselldoi:10.2210/rcsb_pdb/mom_2016_5