Predicting the changes in neutralizing antibody interaction with G protein derived from Bangladesh isolates of Nipah virus: molecular dynamics based approach


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The infectious Nipah virus (NiV) is categorized into NiV-M (Malaysia) and NiV-B (Bangladesh) groups based on its genome comparison, pathogenicity, and mortality rate. The development of therapeutic molecules has used NiV-M-derived data in multiple studies than NiV-B. In continuation with this, the protein level investigation is also less explored to understand the interaction with therapeutic neutralizing antibodies for NiV-B. So, this study focuses on understanding the impact of NiV-B-specific mutations on the interaction of therapeutic neutralizing antibodies with the G protein. The population-based comparative analysis of NiV-B G protein sequences with NiV-M sequence identified twenty-six mutations. These predominantly polar mutations were then used to model the mutant protein (G_MT). In a comparative study, the G protein G_MT and reference protein G_WT (Malaysian origin) were subjected to a protein docking with neutralizing human monoclonal antibody HENV26. The binding affinity and the free binding energy of the glycoprotein in complex with G-WT and G_MT were calculated using PRODIGY and MM/PBSA tools respectively. Based on the PRODIGY report, G-WT showed stronger binding (-13.8 kcal/mol) compared to that of the G_MT (-9.0 kcal/mol) with the HENV26 antibody. The stability of the complexes was evaluated using MM/PBSA which showed higher binding energy with HENV26 for G_WT (-75.11 kcal/mol) in contrast to G_MT (-41.66 kcal/mol). The results indicate that the mutant G protein has a reduced ability to bind to neutralizing antibodies, resulting in a decreased effectiveness against strains carrying these mutations. [Graphical Abstract]
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Nipah virus,G protein,MM/PBSA,NiV-B,NiV-M,HENV26,neutralizing antibody
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