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J Immunol ; 208(3): 753-761, 2022 02 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1614089


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has seriously threatened global public health. Severe COVID-19 has been reported to be associated with an impaired IFN response. However, the mechanisms of how SARS-CoV-2 antagonizes the host IFN response are poorly understood. In this study, we report that SARS-CoV-2 helicase NSP13 inhibits type I IFN production by directly targeting TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) for degradation. Interestingly, inhibition of autophagy by genetic knockout of Beclin1 or pharmacological inhibition can rescue NSP13-mediated TBK1 degradation in HEK-293T cells. Subsequent studies revealed that NSP13 recruits TBK1 to p62, and the absence of p62 can also inhibit TBK1 degradation in HEK-293T and HeLa cells. Finally, TBK1 and p62 degradation and p62 aggregation were observed during SARS-CoV-2 infection in HeLa-ACE2 and Calu3 cells. Overall, our study shows that NSP13 inhibits type I IFN production by recruiting TBK1 to p62 for autophagic degradation, enabling it to evade the host innate immune response, which provides new insights into the transmission and pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Autophagy , COVID-19/immunology , Coronavirus RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/physiology , Interferon Type I/biosynthesis , Methyltransferases/physiology , Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases/metabolism , RNA Helicases/physiology , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Sequestosome-1 Protein/metabolism , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/physiology , Beclin-1/antagonists & inhibitors , Cell Line , Down-Regulation , Humans , Immune Evasion , Immunity, Innate , Immunoprecipitation , Interferon Type I/genetics , Multiprotein Complexes , Protein Aggregates , Protein Interaction Mapping