Molecular dynamics study of membrane permeabilization by wild-type and mutant lytic peptides from the non-enveloped Flock House virus.


(Δ385-399 γ) and a single-point mutant (F402A γ), all of which have been experimentally shown to drastically affect infectivity and lytic activity compared to the wild-type γ. Our results shed light on the actions of varied forms of the FHV lytic peptide including membrane insertion, trans-membrane stability, peptide oligomerization, water permeation activity and dynamic pore formation. Findings from this study provide detailed structural information and rationale for the differences in lytic activity among variants of FHV γ.

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