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Virus Protease

Virus protease or 3C protease are virus cysteine proteases which have essential role in viral replication. The protease cleaves the precursor viral polyprotein to produce functional proteins and enzymes.Virus proteases are attractive target for therapeutic agents for treatment of diseases caused by the common cold virus.Viral protease - a Cys protease fold is similar to that of trypsin-like serine proteases. The active site triad contains Cys147, His40 and Glu71 (PDB entry 1cqq).
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