Archives of Virology

, Volume 162, Issue 7, pp 2091–2096 | Cite as

Structural basis of Zika virus methyltransferase inhibition by sinefungin

  • Kamil Hercik
  • Jiri Brynda
  • Radim NenckaEmail author
  • Evzen BouraEmail author
Brief Report


Zika virus is considered a major global threat to human kind. Here, we present a crystal structure of one of its essential enzymes, the methyltransferase, with the inhibitor sinefungin. This structure, together with previously solved structures with bound substrates, will provide the information needed for rational inhibitor design. Based on the structural data we suggest the modification of the adenine moiety of sinefungin to increase selectivity and to covalently link it to a GTP analogue, to increase the affinity of the synthesized compounds.


Size Exclusion Chromatography Dengue Virus Single Stranded Positive Sense Diffraction Quality Crystal Sinefungin 
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The Project was also supported by Project InterBioMed LO1302 from Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, the support of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (RVO: 61388963) is also acknowledged.

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Conflict of interests

The authors declare no conflict of interests.


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  1. 1.Institute of Organic Chemistry and BiochemistryAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrague 6Czech Republic

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