Hepatitis E Virus Replication Requires an Active Ubiquitin-Proteasome System
The mechanism of hepatitis E virus (HEV) replication remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate that HEV replication requires an active ubiquitin-proteasome system and that proteasome inhibitors affect HEV replication, possibly by inhibition of viral transcription or/and translation without a significant effect on cellular translation. Overexpression of ubiquitin in inhibitor-treated cells partially reverses the inhibitor effect on HEV replication. The results suggest that HEV replication requires interactions with proteasome machinery, which could be a potential therapeutic target against HEV.