Tracking and Elucidating Alphavirus -Host Protein Interactions

Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York, United States
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 11/2006; 281(40):30269-78. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M603980200
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ABSTRACT Viral infections cause profound alterations in host cells. Here, we explore the interactions between proteins of the Alphavirus Sindbis and host factors during the course of mammalian cell infection. Using a mutant virus expressing the viral nsP3 protein
tagged with green fluorescent protein (GFP) we directly observed nsP3 localization and isolated nsP3-interacting proteins
at various times after infection. These results revealed that host factor recruitment to nsP3-containing complexes was time
dependent, with a specific early and persistent recruitment of G3BP and a later recruitment of 14-3-3 proteins. Expression
of GFP-tagged G3BP allowed reciprocal isolation of nsP3 in Sindbis infected cells, as well as the identification of novel
G3BP-interacting proteins in both uninfected and infected cells. Note-worthy interactions include nuclear pore complex components
whose interactions with G3BP were reduced upon Sindbis infection. This suggests that G3BP is a nuclear transport factor, as
hypothesized previously, and that viral infection may alter RNA transport. Immunoelectron microscopy showed that a portion
of Sindbis nsP3 is localized at the nuclear envelope, suggesting a possible site of G3BP recruitment to nsP3-containing complexes.
Our results demonstrate the utility of using a standard GFP tag to both track viral protein localization and elucidate specific
viral-host interactions over time in infected mammalian cells.

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    • "However, since we have also found that the efficient translation of viral RNAs in the normally restrictive milieu of a cell containing high levels of phospho-eIF2α can itself contribute to the disruption of SG, it might be worth considering that such a passive mechanism might operate in other viral infections also. G3BP-1 has been shown to form a complex with alphaviral nsP3 proteins (Cristea et al., 2006; Frolova et al., 2006; Gorchakov et al., 2008; Fros et al., 2012) but also with nsP2 (Atasheva et al., 2007) and nsP4 (Cristea et al., 2010), whereas other studies of the host protein components of the alphaviral RCs failed to detect this (Bourai et al., 2012). Our results show that the formation of a complex with G3BP is dependent only on the C-terminal seven–amino acid repeat motifs of nsP3. "
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