Structure and function of an effector domain in antiviral factors and tumor suppressors SAMD9 and SAMD9L

Shuxia Peng, Xiangzhi Meng, Fushun Zhang, Prabhat Kumar Pathak, Juhi Chaturvedi, Jaime Coronado, Marisol Morales, Yuanhui Mao, Shu Bing Qian, Junpeng Deng, Yan Xiang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations


SAMD9 and SAMD9L (SAMD9/9L) are antiviral factors and tumor suppressors, playing a critical role in innate immune defense against poxviruses and the development of myeloid tumors. SAMD9/9L mutations with a gain-of-function (GoF) in inhibiting cell growth cause multisystem developmental disorders including many pediatric myelodysplastic syndromes. Predicted to be multidomain proteins with an architecture like that of the NOD-like receptors, SAMD9/9L molecular functions and domain structures are largely unknown. Here, we identified a SAMD9/9L effector domain that functions by binding to double-stranded nucleic acids (dsNA) and determined the crystal structure of the domain in complex with DNA. Aided with precise mutations that differentially perturb dsNA binding, we demonstrated that the antiviral and antiproliferative functions of the wild-type and GoF SAMD9/9L variants rely on dsNA binding by the effector domain. Furthermore, we showed that GoF variants inhibit global protein synthesis, reduce translation elongation, and induce proteotoxic stress response, which all require dsNA binding by the effector domain. The identification of the structure and function of a SAMD9/9L effector domain provides a therapeutic target for SAMD9/9Lassociated human diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2116550119
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 25 2022


  • Innate immunity
  • Myelodysplasia syndrome
  • Myeloid malignancies
  • NOD
  • Poxvirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Structure and function of an effector domain in antiviral factors and tumor suppressors SAMD9 and SAMD9L'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this