Mechanistic insights into COVID-19 by global analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro substrate degradome.

Pablos I, Machado Y, de Jesus HCR, Mohamud Y, Kappelhoff R, Lindskog C, Vlok M, Bell PA, Butler GS, Grin PM, Cao QT, Nguyen JP, Solis N, Abbina S, Rut W, Vederas JC, Szekely L, Szakos A, Drag M, Kizhakkedathu JN, Mossman K, Hirota JA, Jan E, Luo H, Banerjee A, Overall CM

Cell Rep - (-) 109892 [2021-10-09; online 2021-10-09]

The main viral protease (3CLpro) is indispensable for SARS-CoV-2 replication. We delineate the human protein substrate landscape of 3CLpro by TAILS substrate-targeted N-terminomics. We identify more than 100 substrates in human lung and kidney cells supported by analyses of SARS-CoV-2-infected cells. Enzyme kinetics and molecular docking simulations of 3CLpro engaging substrates reveal how noncanonical cleavage sites, which diverge from SARS-CoV, guide substrate specificity. Cleaving the interactors of essential effector proteins, effectively stranding them from their binding partners, amplifies the consequences of proteolysis. We show that 3CLpro targets the Hippo pathway, including inactivation of MAP4K5, and key effectors of transcription, mRNA processing, and translation. We demonstrate that Spike glycoprotein directly binds galectin-8, with galectin-8 cleavage disengaging CALCOCO2/NDP52 to decouple antiviral-autophagy. Indeed, in post-mortem COVID-19 lung samples, NDP52 rarely colocalizes with galectin-8, unlike in healthy lungs. The 3CLpro substrate degradome establishes a foundational substrate atlas to accelerate exploration of SARS-CoV-2 pathology and drug design.

Category: Biochemistry

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34672947

DOI 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109892

Crossref 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109892

pii: S2211-1247(21)01362-0

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