A1 Journal article (refereed)
Human enterovirus group B viruses rely on vimentin dynamics for efficient processing of viral nonstructural proteins (2020)

Turkki, Paula; Laajala, Mira; Flodström-Tullberg, Malin; Marjomäki, Varpu (2020). Human enterovirus group B viruses rely on vimentin dynamics for efficient processing of viral nonstructural proteins. Journal of Virology, 94 (2), e01393-19. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01393-19

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Turkki, Paula; Laajala, Mira; Flodström-Tullberg, Malin; Marjomäki, Varpu

Journal or series: Journal of Virology

ISSN: 0022-538X

eISSN: 1098-5514

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 94

Issue number: 2

Article number: e01393-19

Publisher: American Society for Microbiology

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1128/JVI.01393-19

Open Access: Open access publication published in a hybrid channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67243


We report that several viruses from the human enterovirus group B cause massive vimentin rearrangements during lytic infection. Comprehensive studies suggested that viral protein synthesis was triggering the vimentin rearrangements. Blocking the host cell vimentin dynamics with IDPN did not significantly affect the production of progeny viruses and only moderately lowered the synthesis of structural proteins such as VP1. In contrast, the synthesis of the non-structural proteins 2A, 3C, and 3D was drastically lowered. This led to attenuation of the cleavage of the host cell substrates PABP and G3BP1 and reduced caspase activation, thus leading to prolonged cell survival. Furthermore, the localization of the proteins differed in the infected cells. Capsid protein VP1 was found diffusely around the cytoplasm, whereas 2A and 3D followed vimentin distribution. Based on protein blotting, lower amounts of non-structural proteins did not result from proteasomal degradation, but from lower synthesis without intact vimentin cage structure. In contrast, inhibition of Hsp90 chaperone activity, which regulates P1 maturation, lowered the amount of VP1, but had less effect on 2A. The results suggest that, the vimentin dynamics regulate viral non-structural protein synthesis while having no effect on structural protein synthesis or overall infection efficiency. The results presented here shed new light on differential fate of structural and non-structural proteins of enteroviruses, having consequences on host cell survival.

Importance A virus needs the host cell in order to replicate and produce new progeny viruses. For this, the virus takes over the host cell and modifies it to become a factory for viral proteins. Irrespective of the specific virus family, these proteins can be divided into structural and non-structural proteins. Structural proteins are the building blocks for the new progeny virions, whereas the non-structural proteins orchestrate the take-over of the host cell and its functions. Here we have shown a mechanism that viruses exploit in order to regulate the host cell. We show that viral protein synthesis induces vimentin cages, which promote production of specific viral proteins that eventually control apoptosis and the host cell death. This study specifies vimentin as the key regulator of these events and indicates that viral proteins have different fates in the cells depending on their association with vimentin cages.

Keywords: enteroviruses; infections; host cells; proteins

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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