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EuropePMC; 2020.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-321044

ABSTRACT

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a global threat to human health and has compromised economic stability. In addition to the development of an effective vaccine, it is imperative to understand how SARS-CoV-2 hijacks host cellular machineries on a systems-wide scale so that potential host-directed therapy can be developed. In situ proteome-wide abundance and thermal stability measurements using thermal proteome profiling (TPP), can inform on global changes in protein activity. Here we adapted TPP to high biosafety conditions amenable to SARS-CoV-2 handling. We discovered pronounced temporal alterations in host protein thermostability during infection, which converged on cellular processes including cell cycle, microtubule and regulation of RNA splicing. Pharmacological inhibition of host proteins displaying altered thermal stability or abundance during infection suppressed SARS-CoV-2 replication. Overall, this work serves as a framework for expanding TPP workflows to globally important human pathogens that require high biosafety containment and provides deeper resolution into the molecular changes induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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EMBO Mol Med ; 13(8): e14532, 2021 08 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1310255

ABSTRACT

Since the start of 2020, the world has been upended by the pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It has not only led to a tragic loss of life and terrible economic costs but has also been met with an unprecedented response of the scientific and medical communities. In an effort to better understand this viral infection, scientists around the world generated the largest surge in research in documented history for any topic (Lever & Altman, 2021). A part of this work has included the need to better understand the impact of the virus on human proteins-the key machinery of the cell-and human physiology. In their recent study, Geyer and colleagues (Geyer et al, 2021) analyzed a total of 720 proteomes from longitudinal serum samples of 31 hospitalized COVID-19 patients and control individuals with COVID-19-like symptoms but not infected with SARS-CoV-2, providing a comprehensive characterization of the plasma proteome changes along the time course of infection.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Proteomics , Humans , Pandemics , Proteome , SARS-CoV-2
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Nat Med ; 27(4): 668-676, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1174686

ABSTRACT

Drug repurposing provides a rapid approach to meet the urgent need for therapeutics to address COVID-19. To identify therapeutic targets relevant to COVID-19, we conducted Mendelian randomization analyses, deriving genetic instruments based on transcriptomic and proteomic data for 1,263 actionable proteins that are targeted by approved drugs or in clinical phase of drug development. Using summary statistics from the Host Genetics Initiative and the Million Veteran Program, we studied 7,554 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and >1 million controls. We found significant Mendelian randomization results for three proteins (ACE2, P = 1.6 × 10-6; IFNAR2, P = 9.8 × 10-11 and IL-10RB, P = 2.3 × 10-14) using cis-expression quantitative trait loci genetic instruments that also had strong evidence for colocalization with COVID-19 hospitalization. To disentangle the shared expression quantitative trait loci signal for IL10RB and IFNAR2, we conducted phenome-wide association scans and pathway enrichment analysis, which suggested that IFNAR2 is more likely to play a role in COVID-19 hospitalization. Our findings prioritize trials of drugs targeting IFNAR2 and ACE2 for early management of COVID-19.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/genetics , Drug Repositioning , Mendelian Randomization Analysis/methods , SARS-CoV-2 , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/genetics , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/physiology , COVID-19/drug therapy , Genome-Wide Association Study , Humans , Interleukin-10 Receptor beta Subunit/genetics , Interleukin-10 Receptor beta Subunit/physiology , Quantitative Trait Loci , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/genetics , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/physiology
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Mol Syst Biol ; 17(2): e10188, 2021 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1084993

ABSTRACT

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a global threat to human health and has compromised economic stability. In addition to the development of an effective vaccine, it is imperative to understand how SARS-CoV-2 hijacks host cellular machineries on a system-wide scale so that potential host-directed therapies can be developed. In situ proteome-wide abundance and thermal stability measurements using thermal proteome profiling (TPP) can inform on global changes in protein activity. Here we adapted TPP to high biosafety conditions amenable to SARS-CoV-2 handling. We discovered pronounced temporal alterations in host protein thermostability during infection, which converged on cellular processes including cell cycle, microtubule and RNA splicing regulation. Pharmacological inhibition of host proteins displaying altered thermal stability or abundance during infection suppressed SARS-CoV-2 replication. Overall, this work serves as a framework for expanding TPP workflows to globally important human pathogens that require high biosafety containment and provides deeper resolution into the molecular changes induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/metabolism , Host-Pathogen Interactions , Protein Stability , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Viral Proteins/metabolism , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19/virology , Humans , Proteome , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Temperature , Virus Replication/drug effects
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Science ; 370(6521)2020 12 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-873450

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is a grave threat to public health and the global economy. SARS-CoV-2 is closely related to the more lethal but less transmissible coronaviruses SARS-CoV-1 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Here, we have carried out comparative viral-human protein-protein interaction and viral protein localization analyses for all three viruses. Subsequent functional genetic screening identified host factors that functionally impinge on coronavirus proliferation, including Tom70, a mitochondrial chaperone protein that interacts with both SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 ORF9b, an interaction we structurally characterized using cryo-electron microscopy. Combining genetically validated host factors with both COVID-19 patient genetic data and medical billing records identified molecular mechanisms and potential drug treatments that merit further molecular and clinical study.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/metabolism , Coronavirus Nucleocapsid Proteins/metabolism , Host Microbial Interactions , Mitochondrial Membrane Transport Proteins/metabolism , Protein Interaction Maps , SARS Virus/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/metabolism , Conserved Sequence , Coronavirus Nucleocapsid Proteins/genetics , Cryoelectron Microscopy , Humans , Mitochondrial Membrane Transport Proteins/genetics , Phosphoproteins/genetics , Phosphoproteins/metabolism , Protein Conformation
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Nature ; 583(7816): 459-468, 2020 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-152254

ABSTRACT

A newly described coronavirus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has infected over 2.3 million people, led to the death of more than 160,000 individuals and caused worldwide social and economic disruption1,2. There are no antiviral drugs with proven clinical efficacy for the treatment of COVID-19, nor are there any vaccines that prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2, and efforts to develop drugs and vaccines are hampered by the limited knowledge of the molecular details of how SARS-CoV-2 infects cells. Here we cloned, tagged and expressed 26 of the 29 SARS-CoV-2 proteins in human cells and identified the human proteins that physically associated with each of the SARS-CoV-2 proteins using affinity-purification mass spectrometry, identifying 332 high-confidence protein-protein interactions between SARS-CoV-2 and human proteins. Among these, we identify 66 druggable human proteins or host factors targeted by 69 compounds (of which, 29 drugs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, 12 are in clinical trials and 28 are preclinical compounds). We screened a subset of these in multiple viral assays and found two sets of pharmacological agents that displayed antiviral activity: inhibitors of mRNA translation and predicted regulators of the sigma-1 and sigma-2 receptors. Further studies of these host-factor-targeting agents, including their combination with drugs that directly target viral enzymes, could lead to a therapeutic regimen to treat COVID-19.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/metabolism , Drug Repositioning , Molecular Targeted Therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/metabolism , Protein Interaction Maps , Viral Proteins/metabolism , Animals , Antiviral Agents/classification , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Betacoronavirus/genetics , Betacoronavirus/metabolism , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cloning, Molecular , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical , HEK293 Cells , Host-Pathogen Interactions/drug effects , Humans , Immunity, Innate , Mass Spectrometry , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Protein Binding , Protein Biosynthesis/drug effects , Protein Domains , Protein Interaction Mapping , Receptors, sigma/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2 , SKP Cullin F-Box Protein Ligases/metabolism , Vero Cells , Viral Proteins/genetics
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