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Modulation of enteroviral proteinase cleavage of poly(A)-binding protein (PABP) by conformation and PABP-associated factors

Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
Virology (Impact Factor: 3.28). 06/2008; 375(1):59-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2008.02.002
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ABSTRACT Poliovirus (PV) causes a drastic inhibition of cellular cap-dependant protein synthesis due to the cleavage of translation factors eukaryotic initiation factor 4G (eIF4G) and poly(A) binding protein (PABP). Only about half of cellular PABP is cleaved by viral 2A and 3C proteinases during infection. We have investigated PABP cleavage determinants that regulate this partial cleavage. PABP cleavage kinetics analyses indicate that PABP exists in multiple conformations, some of which are resistant to 3C(pro) or 2A(pro) cleavage and can be modulated by reducing potential. Cleavage reactions containing a panel of PABP-binding proteins revealed that eukaryotic release factor 3 (eRF3) and PABP-interacting protein 2 (Paip2) modulate and interfere with the cleavage susceptibility of PABP, whereas all other PABP-binding proteins tested do not. We show that PABP on cellular polysomes is cleaved only by 3C(pro) and that Paip2 does not sediment with polysomes. Also, viral polysomes contained only full-length PABP, however, cellular or viral ribosomes were equally susceptible to 3C(pro) cleavage in vitro. Finally, we determined that precursor 3CD and mature 3C(pro) have equivalent cleavage activity on purified PABP, but only 3C(pro) cleavage activity was stimulated by PABP-binding viral RNA. The results further elucidate complex mechanisms where multiple inherent PABP conformations and protein and RNA interactions both serve to differentially regulate PABP cleavage by 3CD, 3C(pro) and 2A(pro).

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