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Time- and temperature-dependent activation of hepatitis C virus for low-pH-triggered entry

Tscherne, Donna M and Jones, Christopher T and Evans, Matthew J and Lindenbach, Brett D and McKeating, Jane A and Rice, Charles M (2006) Time- and temperature-dependent activation of hepatitis C virus for low-pH-triggered entry. Journal of virology, 80 (4). pp. 1734-41. ISSN 0022-538X

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an important human pathogen associated with chronic liver disease. Recently, based on a genotype 2a isolate, tissue culture systems supporting complete replication and infectious virus production have been developed. In this study, we used cell culture-produced infectious HCV to analyze the viral entry pathway into Huh-7.5 cells. Bafilomycin A1 and concanamycin A, inhibitors of vacuolar ATPases, prevented HCV entry when they were present prior to infection and had minimal effect on downstream replication events. HCV entry therefore appears to be pH dependent, requiring an acidified intracellular compartment. For many other enveloped viruses, acidic pH triggers an irreversible conformational change, which promotes virion-endosomal membrane fusion. Such viruses are often inactivated by low pH. In the case of HCV, exposure of virions to acidic pH followed by return to neutral pH did not affect their infectivity. This parallels the observation made for the related pestivirus bovine viral diarrhea virus. Low pH could activate the entry of cell surface-bound HCV but only after prolonged incubation at 37 degrees C. This suggests that there are rate-limiting, postbinding events that are needed to render HCV competent for low-pH-triggered entry. Such events may involve interaction with a cellular coreceptor or other factors but do not require cathepsins B and L, late endosomal proteases that activate Ebola virus and reovirus for entry.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2006 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Medicine
Department:Immunity and Infection
Subjects:R Medicine (General)
QR355 Virology
QR180 Immunology
QR Microbiology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:American Society for Microbiology
ID Code:493
Refereed:YES
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