Hepatitis E Virus Replication Requires an Active Ubiquitin-Proteasome System

ArticleinJournal of Virology 86(10):5948-52 · March 2012with23 Reads
DOI: 10.1128/JVI.07039-11 · Source: PubMed
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.
    • "The demonstration of alternating cycles of synthesis of negative-and positive-sense RNA in a cell culture system [47] provides a strong support to the mechanism described above. Furthermore, replication of HEV has been shown to depend on the presence of an active ubiquitin–proteasome system [48]. Thus, inhibitors of this system have been shown to reduce HEV replication without a significant effect on cellular translation; however, whether this effect is due to inhibition of viral transcription, translation, or both remains unclear. "
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    • "In cultured human hepatoma cells, pORF2 inhibits cellular NF-B activity by blocking ubiquitination mediated proteasomal degradation of IB (Surjit et al., 2012). Requirement of the functional UPS for optimum HEV replication is known (Karpe and Meng, 2012 ). HEV Methyltransferase-Y- Protease domain fusion protein has been shown to have in vitro deubiquitination activity (Karpe and Lole, 2011 ). "
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    • "Treatment with the proteasome inhibitor MG132 has been shown to decrease the titer of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) at an early stage of infection [22]. Treatment with MG132 has also been shown to decrease the activity of Renilla luciferase expressed from an HEV replicon [12]. However, our study raised concerns regarding the specificity of the effect of MG132 on HEV replication. "
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