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Commun Biol ; 5(1): 483, 2022 05 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1852521

ABSTRACT

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) ORF6 is an antagonist of interferon (IFN)-mediated antiviral signaling, achieved through the prevention of STAT1 nuclear localization. However, the exact mechanism through which ORF6 prevents STAT1 nuclear trafficking remains unclear. Herein, we demonstrate that ORF6 directly binds to STAT1 with or without IFN stimulation, resulting in the nuclear exclusion of STAT1. ORF6 also recognizes importin α subtypes with different modes, in particular, high affinity to importin α1 but a low affinity to importin α5. Although ORF6 potentially disrupts the importin α/importin ß1-mediated nuclear transport, thereby suppressing the nuclear translocation of the other classical nuclear localization signal-containing cargo proteins, the inhibitory effect of ORF6 is modest when compared with that of STAT1. The results indicate that the drastic nuclear exclusion of STAT1 is attributed to the specific binding with ORF6, which is a distinct strategy for the importin α1-mediated pathway. Combined with the results from a newly-produced replicon system and a hamster model, we conclude that SARS-CoV-2 ORF6 acts as a virulence factor via regulation of nucleocytoplasmic trafficking to accelerate viral replication, resulting in disease progression.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , SARS-CoV-2 , Viral Proteins/metabolism , Animals , Antiviral Agents , Biological Transport , Cricetinae , Viral Proteins/genetics , Virus Replication , alpha Karyopherins/genetics , alpha Karyopherins/metabolism
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J Virol ; 96(9): e0040022, 2022 05 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1807320

ABSTRACT

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a highly pathogenic enteric coronavirus that causes high mortality in piglets. Interferon (IFN) responses are the primary defense mechanism against viral infection; however, viruses always evolve elaborate strategies to antagonize the antiviral action of IFN. Previous study showed that PEDV nonstructural protein 7 (nsp7), a component of the viral replicase polyprotein, can antagonize ploy(I:C)-induced type I IFN production. Here, we found that PEDV nsp7 also antagonized IFN-α-induced JAK-STAT signaling and the production of IFN-stimulated genes. PEDV nsp7 did not affect the protein and phosphorylation levels of JAK1, Tyk2, STAT1, and STAT2 or the formation of the interferon-stimulated gene factor 3 (ISGF3) complex. However, PEDV nsp7 prevented the nuclear translocation of STAT1 and STAT2. Mechanistically, PEDV nsp7 interacted with the DNA binding domain of STAT1/STAT2, which sequestered the interaction between karyopherin α1 (KPNA1) and STAT1, thereby blocking the nuclear transport of ISGF3. Collectively, these data reveal a new mechanism developed by PEDV to inhibit type I IFN signaling pathway. IMPORTANCE In recent years, an emerging porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) variant has gained attention because of serious outbreaks of piglet diarrhea in China and the United States. Coronavirus nonstructural protein 7 (nsp7) has been proposed to act with nsp8 as part of an RNA primase to generate RNA primers for viral RNA synthesis. However, accumulating evidence indicates that coronavirus nsp7 can also antagonize type I IFN production. Our present study extends previous findings and demonstrates that PEDV nsp7 also antagonizes IFN-α-induced IFN signaling by competing with KPNA1 for binding to STAT1, thereby enriching the immune regulation function of coronavirus nsp7.


Subject(s)
Janus Kinase 1 , Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus , STAT1 Transcription Factor , Signal Transduction , Viral Nonstructural Proteins , alpha Karyopherins , Animals , Cell Line , Interferons/metabolism , Janus Kinase 1/metabolism , Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus/genetics , STAT1 Transcription Factor/metabolism , Swine , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/genetics , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism , alpha Karyopherins/metabolism
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Viruses ; 13(10)2021 10 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1470998

ABSTRACT

Nuclear transport and vesicle trafficking are key cellular functions involved in the pathogenesis of RNA viruses. Among other pleiotropic effects on virus-infected host cells, ivermectin (IVM) inhibits nuclear transport mechanisms mediated by importins and atorvastatin (ATV) affects actin cytoskeleton-dependent trafficking controlled by Rho GTPases signaling. In this work, we first analyzed the response to infection in nasopharyngeal swabs from SARS-CoV-2-positive and -negative patients by assessing the gene expression of the respective host cell drug targets importins and Rho GTPases. COVID-19 patients showed alterations in KPNA3, KPNA5, KPNA7, KPNB1, RHOA, and CDC42 expression compared with non-COVID-19 patients. An in vitro model of infection with Poly(I:C), a synthetic analog of viral double-stranded RNA, triggered NF-κB activation, an effect that was halted by IVM and ATV treatment. Importin and Rho GTPases gene expression was also impaired by these drugs. Furthermore, through confocal microscopy, we analyzed the effects of IVM and ATV on nuclear to cytoplasmic importin α distribution, alone or in combination. Results showed a significant inhibition of importin α nuclear accumulation under IVM and ATV treatments. These findings confirm transcriptional alterations in importins and Rho GTPases upon SARS-CoV-2 infection and point to IVM and ATV as valid drugs to impair nuclear localization of importin α when used at clinically-relevant concentrations.


Subject(s)
Active Transport, Cell Nucleus/drug effects , Atorvastatin/pharmacology , COVID-19/drug therapy , Ivermectin/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , alpha Karyopherins/metabolism , A549 Cells , Actin Cytoskeleton/drug effects , Animals , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Cell Line, Tumor , Chlorocebus aethiops , Drug Repositioning , HeLa Cells , Humans , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Vero Cells , rho GTP-Binding Proteins/metabolism
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Biophys Chem ; 278: 106677, 2021 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1363894

ABSTRACT

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has accelerated the study of existing drugs. The mixture of homologs called ivermectin (avermectin-B1a [HB1a] + avermectin-B1b [HB1b]) has shown antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. However, there are few reports on the behavior of each homolog. We investigated the interaction of each homolog with promising targets of interest associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection from a biophysical and computational-chemistry perspective using docking and molecular dynamics. We observed a differential behavior for each homolog, with an affinity of HB1b for viral structures, and of HB1a for host structures considered. The induced disturbances were differential and influenced by the hydrophobicity of each homolog and of the binding pockets. We present the first comparative analysis of the potential theoretical inhibitory effect of both avermectins on biomolecules associated with COVID-19, and suggest that ivermectin through its homologs, has a multiobjective behavior.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/antagonists & inhibitors , DNA Helicases/antagonists & inhibitors , Ivermectin/analogs & derivatives , alpha Karyopherins/antagonists & inhibitors , beta Karyopherins/antagonists & inhibitors , Animals , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Binding Sites , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/virology , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/chemistry , Coronavirus 3C Proteases/metabolism , DNA Helicases/chemistry , DNA Helicases/metabolism , Humans , Ivermectin/chemistry , Ivermectin/pharmacology , Kinetics , Mice , Molecular Docking Simulation , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Protein Binding , Protein Conformation , Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs , SARS-CoV-2/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/enzymology , Thermodynamics , alpha Karyopherins/chemistry , alpha Karyopherins/metabolism , beta Karyopherins/chemistry , beta Karyopherins/metabolism
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Biochem Soc Trans ; 49(1): 281-295, 2021 02 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1065978

ABSTRACT

Although transport into the nucleus mediated by the importin (IMP) α/ß1-heterodimer is central to viral infection, small molecule inhibitors of IMPα/ß1-dependent nuclear import have only been described and shown to have antiviral activity in the last decade. Their robust antiviral activity is due to the strong reliance of many different viruses, including RNA viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), dengue (DENV), and Zika (ZIKV), on the IMPα/ß1-virus interface. High-throughput compound screens have identified many agents that specifically target this interface. Of these, agents targeting IMPα/ß1 directly include the FDA-approved macrocyclic lactone ivermectin, which has documented broad-spectrum activity against a whole range of viruses, including HIV-1, DENV1-4, ZIKV, West Nile virus (WNV), Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, chikungunya, and most recently, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Ivermectin has thus far been tested in Phase III human clinical trials for DENV, while there are currently close to 80 trials in progress worldwide for SARS-CoV-2; preliminary results for randomised clinical trials (RCTs) as well as observational/retrospective studies are consistent with ivermectin affording clinical benefit. Agents that target the viral component of the IMPα/ß1-virus interface include N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) retinamide (4-HPR), which specifically targets DENV/ZIKV/WNV non-structural protein 5 (NS5). 4-HPR has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of infection by DENV1-4, including in an antibody-dependent enhanced animal challenge model, as well as ZIKV, with Phase II clinical challenge trials planned. The results from rigorous RCTs will help determine the therapeutic potential of the IMPα/ß1-virus interface as a target for antiviral development.


Subject(s)
Ivermectin/pharmacology , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism , Virus Diseases/prevention & control , Viruses/metabolism , alpha Karyopherins/metabolism , beta Karyopherins/metabolism , Animals , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Humans , Protein Binding/drug effects , Virus Diseases/metabolism , Virus Diseases/virology , Viruses/pathogenicity
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Cell Rep ; 33(1): 108234, 2020 10 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-778591

ABSTRACT

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) replication and host immune response determine coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but studies evaluating viral evasion of immune response are lacking. Here, we use unbiased screening to identify SARS-CoV-2 proteins that antagonize type I interferon (IFN-I) response. We found three proteins that antagonize IFN-I production via distinct mechanisms: nonstructural protein 6 (nsp6) binds TANK binding kinase 1 (TBK1) to suppress interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3) phosphorylation, nsp13 binds and blocks TBK1 phosphorylation, and open reading frame 6 (ORF6) binds importin Karyopherin α 2 (KPNA2) to inhibit IRF3 nuclear translocation. We identify two sets of viral proteins that antagonize IFN-I signaling through blocking signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1)/STAT2 phosphorylation or nuclear translocation. Remarkably, SARS-CoV-2 nsp1 and nsp6 suppress IFN-I signaling more efficiently than SARS-CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Thus, when treated with IFN-I, a SARS-CoV-2 replicon replicates to a higher level than chimeric replicons containing nsp1 or nsp6 from SARS-CoV or MERS-CoV. Altogether, the study provides insights on SARS-CoV-2 evasion of IFN-I response and its potential impact on viral transmission and pathogenesis.


Subject(s)
Capsid Proteins/metabolism , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Immune Evasion , Interferon Type I/metabolism , Methyltransferases/metabolism , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , RNA Helicases/metabolism , Viral Nonstructural Proteins/metabolism , Viral Proteins/metabolism , A549 Cells , Animals , Betacoronavirus/immunology , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Coronavirus Nucleocapsid Proteins , Cricetinae , Cricetulus , HEK293 Cells , Humans , Interferon Regulatory Factor-3/metabolism , Interferon Type I/genetics , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Protein Binding , SARS-CoV-2 , STAT Transcription Factors/metabolism , alpha Karyopherins/metabolism
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