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The Tetrameric Plant Lectin BanLec Neutralizes HIV through Bidentate Binding to Specific Viral Glycans

DOI: 10.1016/j.str.2017.03.015 DOI Help

Authors: Jonathan T. S. Hopper (University of Oxford) , Stephen Ambrose (University of Oxford) , Oliver C. Grant (University of Georgia) , Stefanie A. Krumm (King's College London) , Timothy Allison (University of Oxford) , Matteo T. Degiacomi (University of Oxford) , Mark D. Tully (Diamond Light Source) , Laura K. Pritchard (University of Oxford) , Gabriel Ozorowski (IAVI Neutralizing Antibody Center & Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD), The Scripps Research Institute) , Andrew B. Ward (IAVI Neutralizing Antibody Center & Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD), The Scripps Research Institute) , Max Crispin (Oxford Glycobiology Institute, University of Oxford) , Katie J. Doores (King's College London) , Robert J. Woods (University of Georgia) , Justin L. P. Benesch (University of Oxford) , Carol V. Robinson (University of Oxford) , Weston B. Struwe (University of Oxford)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Structure

State: Published (Approved)
Published: April 2017
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 9384

Abstract: Select lectins have powerful anti-viral properties that effectively neutralize HIV-1 by targeting the dense glycan shield on the virus. Here, we reveal the mechanism by which one of the most potent lectins, BanLec, achieves its inhibition. We identify that BanLec recognizes a subset of high-mannose glycans via bidentate interactions spanning the two binding sites present on each BanLec monomer that were previously considered separate carbohydrate recognition domains. We show that both sites are required for high-affinity glycan binding and virus neutralization. Unexpectedly we find that BanLec adopts a tetrameric stoichiometry in solution whereby the glycan-binding sites are positioned to optimally target glycosylated viral spikes. The tetrameric architecture, together with bidentate binding to individual glycans, leads to layers of multivalency that drive viral neutralization through enhanced avidity effects. These structural insights will prove useful in engineering successful lectin therapeutics targeting the dense glycan shield of HIV.

Journal Keywords: HIV; BanLec; Env; lectin; glycosylation

Subject Areas: Biology and Bio-materials, Chemistry, Medicine


Instruments: B21-High Throughput SAXS , I04-1-Macromolecular Crystallography (fixed wavelength)

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