[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: orf124 (ac124) of AcMNPV is one of the highly conserved unique genes in group I lepidopteran nucleopolyhedroviruses. So far, its function remains unknown. In this study, infection with a virus expressing an ac124-gfp fusion showed that Ac124 localized to the cytoplasm throughout the infection. In addition, an ac124 knockout virus was generated to determine the role of ac124 in the baculovirus life cycle. Our results showed that an ac124 knockout AcMNPV could produce infectious budded viruses (BVs) and occlusion bodies (OBs) like those produced by the wild virus and ac124 repair virus. These three viruses had similar growth kinetics during the infection phase. There was no significant difference in nucleocapsids, occlusion-derived viruses and OBs visualized by electron microscopy. The ac124 deletion mutant did not reduce AcMNPV infectivity for S. exigua in an LD50 bioassay. However, it took 20 h longer for the ac124 deletion mutant to kill S. exigua than wild-type virus in the LT50 bioassay. Altogether, these results demonstrate that ac124 is not required for viral replication, but it accelerates the killing of infected larvae.
Archives of Virology 11/2014; · 2.28 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PK-1 (Ac10) is a baculovirus-encoded serine/threonine kinase and its function is unclear. Our results showed that a pk-1 knockout AcMNPV failed to produce infectious progeny, while the pk-1 repair virus could rescue this defect. qPCR analysis demonstrated that pk-1 deletion did not affect viral DNA replication. Analysis of the repaired recombinants with truncated pk-1 mutants demonstrated that the catalytic domain of protein kinases of PK-1 was essential to viral infectivity. Moreover, those PK-1 mutants that could rescue the infectious BV production defect exhibited kinase activity in vitro. Therefore, it is suggested that the kinase activity of PK-1 is essential in regulating viral propagation. Electron microscopy revealed that pk-1 deletion affected the formation of normal nucleocapsids. Masses of electron-lucent tubular structures were present in cell transfected with pk-1 knockout bacmid. Therefore, PK-1 appears to phosphorylate some viral or cellular proteins that are essential for DNA packaging to regulate nucleocapsid assembly.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rice stripe virus (RSV) belongs to the genus Tenuivirus and its genome consists of four single-stranded RNAs encoding seven proteins. Here, we have analyzed the processing and membrane association of Pc2 encoded by vcRNA2 in insect cells. The enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) was fused to the Pc2 and used for the detection of Pc2 fusion proteins. The results showed that Pc2 was cleaved to produce two proteins named Pc2-N and Pc2-C. When expressed alone, either Pc2-N or Pc2-C could transport to the Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes independently. Further mutagenesis studies revealed that Pc2 contained three ER-targeting domains. The results led us to propose a model for the topology of the Pc2 in which an internal signal peptide immediately followed a cleavage site, and two transmembrane regions are contained.