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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 118(3)2021 01 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33384338


Human adenovirus species D (HAdV-D) types are currently being explored as vaccine vectors for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other severe infectious diseases. The efficacy of such vector-based vaccines depends on functional interactions with receptors on host cells. Adenoviruses of different species are assumed to enter host cells mainly by interactions between the knob domain of the protruding fiber capsid protein and cellular receptors. Using a cell-based receptor-screening assay, we identified CD46 as a receptor for HAdV-D56. The function of CD46 was validated in infection experiments using cells lacking and overexpressing CD46, and by competition infection experiments using soluble CD46. Remarkably, unlike HAdV-B types that engage CD46 through interactions with the knob domain of the fiber protein, HAdV-D types infect host cells through a direct interaction between CD46 and the hexon protein. Soluble hexon proteins (but not fiber knob) inhibited HAdV-D56 infection, and surface plasmon analyses demonstrated that CD46 binds to HAdV-D hexon (but not fiber knob) proteins. Cryoelectron microscopy analysis of the HAdV-D56 virion-CD46 complex confirmed the interaction and showed that CD46 binds to the central cavity of hexon trimers. Finally, soluble CD46 inhibited infection by 16 out of 17 investigated HAdV-D types, suggesting that CD46 is an important receptor for a large group of adenoviruses. In conclusion, this study identifies a noncanonical entry mechanism used by human adenoviruses, which adds to the knowledge of adenovirus biology and can also be useful for development of adenovirus-based vaccine vectors.

Adenovírus Humanos , Proteínas do Capsídeo , Regulação Viral da Expressão Gênica , Internalização do Vírus , Adenovírus Humanos/genética , Adenovírus Humanos/metabolismo , /metabolismo , Proteínas do Capsídeo/biossíntese , Proteínas do Capsídeo/genética , Linhagem Celular , Humanos
Viruses ; 11(10)2019 10 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31615155


Virus infections are initiated by the attachment of the viral particle to protein or carbohydrate receptors on the host cell. Sialic acid-bearing glycan structures are prominently displayed at the cell surface, and, consequently, these structures can function as receptors for a large number of diverse viruses. Structural biology research has helped to establish the molecular bases for many virus-sialic acid interactions. Due to the icosahedral 532 point group symmetry that underlies many viral capsids, the receptor binding sites are frequently arranged in a highly symmetric fashion and linked by five-fold, three-fold, or two-fold rotation axes. For the inhibition of viral attachment, one emerging strategy is based on developing multivalent sialic acid-based inhibitors that can simultaneously engage several of these binding sites, thus binding viral capsids with high avidity. In this review, we will evaluate the structures of non-enveloped virus capsid proteins bound to sialylated glycan receptors and discuss the potential of these structures for the development of potent antiviral attachment inhibitors.

Polissacarídeos/química , Ácidos Siálicos/química , Ligação Viral , Vírus/química , Antivirais/farmacologia , Sítios de Ligação , Cristalografia por Raios X , Modelos Moleculares , Receptores Virais , Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos
Plant J ; 100(1): 20-37, 2019 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31124249


Enzyme promiscuity, a common property of many uridine diphosphate sugar-dependent glycosyltransferases (UGTs) that convert small molecules, significantly hinders the identification of natural substrates and therefore the characterization of the physiological role of enzymes. In this paper we present a simple but effective strategy to identify endogenous substrates of plant UGTs using LC-MS-guided targeted glycoside analysis of transgenic plants. We successfully identified natural substrates of two promiscuous Nicotiana benthamiana UGTs (NbUGT73A24 and NbUGT73A25), orthologues of pathogen-induced tobacco UGT (TOGT) from Nicotiana tabacum, which is involved in the hypersensitive reaction. While in N. tabacum, TOGT glucosylated scopoletin after treatment with salicylate, fungal elicitors and the tobacco mosaic virus, NbUGT73A24 and NbUGT73A25 produced glucosides of phytoalexin N-feruloyl tyramine, which may strengthen cell walls to prevent the intrusion of pathogens, and flavonols after agroinfiltration of the corresponding genes in N. benthamiana. Enzymatic glucosylation of fractions of a physiological aglycone library confirmed the biological substrates of UGTs. In addition, overexpression of both genes in N. benthamiana produced clear lesions on the leaves and led to a significantly reduced content of pathogen-induced plant metabolites such as phenylalanine and tryptophan. Our results revealed some additional biological functions of TOGT enzymes and indicated a multifunctional role of UGTs in plant resistance.

Ácidos Cumáricos/metabolismo , Glucose/metabolismo , Glicosiltransferases/genética , Doenças das Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Sesquiterpenos/metabolismo , Tabaco/genética , Tiramina/análogos & derivados , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Glicosídeos/metabolismo , Glicosilação , Glicosiltransferases/metabolismo , Doenças das Plantas/virologia , Folhas de Planta/genética , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Folhas de Planta/virologia , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Especificidade por Substrato , Tabaco/metabolismo , Tabaco/virologia , Vírus do Mosaico do Tabaco/fisiologia , Tiramina/metabolismo