Oral Herpes

The role of RNAi and microRNAs in animal virus replication and antiviral immunity

Wolbachia are vertically transmitted, obligatory intracellular bacteria that infect a great number of species of arthropods and nematodes. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. They can be found on any part of the body but are most numerous on the head and neck, perineum, genitalia and udder, and the limbs. Zoonotically maintained, infections occur generally between late summer and early fall in temperate areas, and throughout the year in southern climates. The persistently infected cells contain various amounts of viral DNA, and, in an extreme case, up to 16% of the total DNA isolated from infected cells could be of viral origin. Upon cycloheximide treatment, much higher levels of hhi1 transcript were detected throughout the productive viral infection cycle, suggesting that newly synthesized proteins are not needed for the expression of hhi1. “When I look at the data, nine out of 10 of the viral sequence is novel,” Ng said.

Most of the common ‘minor’ illnesses are caused by viruses. In the summer of 1999, the first North American cases of WNV occurred in the New York City area. A key to this success has been an increasingly refined understanding of the mechanisms by which infectious agents are transmitted. In the general population, the seroprevalence of HHV-8 shows marked geographical variations. A. One or more ODV, in turn, are “occluded” within a protein matrix, referred to as occlusion bodies, that protect the virus from the environment with the proviso that the occlusion bodies eventually degrade under UV light [8], [12]. 1A).

Schematic outline of miRNA and siRNA biogenesis. 1996; Boots & Sasaki 1999; Brown et al. After excision by Drosha, the pre-miRNA hairpin is exported to the cytoplasm for further processing by Dicer. One strand of the resulting miRNA duplex intermediate is incorporated into RISC, where it acts as a guide RNA to target RISC to either partially or fully complementary mRNAs. Or an echocardiogram may show some abnormalities, such as decreased strength of heart contractions. 1). These dsRNAs are cleaved by Dicer to generate siRNA duplexes, one strand of which is incorporated into RISC either directly or after being used as a primer by cellular RdRP to generate additional dsRNA substrates.

When targeted to a viral mRNA, these viral siRNAs induce transcript cleavage and degradation. The Drosophila parasitoid wasp Leptopilina boulardi (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) is a solitary species; that is, only one parasite larva per host can complete development to the adult stage. frugiperda larvae during sequential rounds of per os infection. Of these proteins, ORF59, K8.1A, ORF65, and ORF73 have been used in the development of various enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) and have been reported to be good candidate antigens (5, 14, 16, 19, 28, 32). 2003; Lund et al. They are found in 17% to 76% of surveyed arthropods and have recently been estimated to be present in 66% of all arthropod species [1–3]; therefore Wolbachia are one of the most widespread intracellular bacteria. Eventually, liquefaction of the host occurs as the host’s body tissue is consumed by the virus, resulting in millions of OBs within a single larva.

Binding of Dicer/TRBP to the base of the pre-miRNA is followed by cleavage to release the terminal loop, yielding an RNA duplex of ∼20 bp flanked by 2-nt 3′ overhangs (Fig. Many in the scientific community believe that the rapid spread of WNV in North America may be due in part to the migratory nature of birds. ni, and S. The temporal gene expression profiles of the HzNV-1 virus during latent and productive infection have been analyzed. 2003; Schwarz et al. Parasites are not as common as the other types of germs although they can cause some types of diseases in humans. When this occurs, the virus can infect the brain, spinal cord, and other vital systems, creating a potentially deadly inflammatory response.

2000). Subsequently, patient serum samples were divided into three groups. Hirst, T. The decrease in climbing height results in a decrease in virus transmission among susceptible larvae. 2007). A small number of miRNAs are transcribed as shRNAs with a 5′ single-stranded tail (Babiarz et al. Examples of latent viruses include lysogenic bacteriophage infections and the long-term infection of mammalian cells by herpes viruses and varicella zoster virus (Dimmock & Primrose 1987).

Similar to mirtrons, these “tailed” pre-miRNAs are Drosha-independent, but still require Dicer for final processing. RISCs, which are minimally composed of a mature miRNA and an Argonaute protein, usually, but not invariably, bind to the 3′ untranslated region (UTR) of targeted transcripts. Functional targets are generally fully complementary to nucleotides 2–7, preferably 2–8, at the 5′ end of the miRNA, referred to as the miRNA seed (Bartel 2009). In Colombia and El Salvador, the disease started in the summer of 2015 and is reaching its peak now. Perhaps the best example of this phenomenon is provided by the miRNA lin-4 and a well-characterized target mRNA encoding lin-14, where robust inhibition of lin-14 expression is conferred by target sites lacking full seed homology (Ha et al. 1996). Seventeen lines from Gotheron (near Valence, France) known for coexistence of the S and NS phenotypes and two lines from Epinouze (near Lyon, France) (S phenotype) were collected in 2007.

This suspension was passed through a 0.45-μm filter and serially diluted 1:5 in TC100 medium. 1). Translational repression in turn often induces a modest destabilization of the target mRNA (Bagga et al. This low CI cannot explain how Wolbachia spreads and is maintained in wild-type populations, especially considering that, in the wild, infection is not vertically transmitted with 100% fidelity [25]. While a great deal of research has focused on the host, considerable attention has also been paid to the baculovirus pathogen. 2003; Doench and Sharp 2004). Special precautions should be taken to reduce exposure to these potentially infected insects.

The assays were then performed as follows. The amplified fragment was cloned into T-vector and subsequently released by SmaI cleavage and inserted downstream from the Drosophila heat shock promoter (15) in plasmid pBluescript (Stratagene, La Jolla, CA). Unlike translational inhibition, which requires stable binding of RISC to its target mRNA, RNAi permits a single RISC to act enzymatically to irreversibly inhibit the expression of multiple mRNA molecules. miRNAs are expressed by plants and metazoans (Bartel 2004), where they have been found to play a role in a wide variety of cellular processes including cellular proliferation, regulation of development, apoptosis, homeostasis, and tumor formation (Ambros 2004; He and Hannon 2004; Lai 2005). Old tires, empty plant pots, and empty trashcans should be removed, while water sources like ponds or birdbaths should be cleaned regularly. 2008), which tend to be expressed in a developmental or tissue-specific manner (Landgraf et al. After the cells were washed, they were stained with 0.004% Evans blue for 5 min, washed, and mounted.

S. When considering how environmental change may affect disease transmission among humans, empirical data is often missing [26]. Infection by all RNA viruses, except retroviruses, leads to the generation of long dsRNAs during the virus life cycle. DNA viruses also produce dsRNAs by convergent transcription of their compact viral genomes. (2.2d)The subscripts ‘w’ and ‘m’ denote the resident and mutant strains, respectively. In plants and invertebrates, Dicer cleavage of such dsRNAs generates a pool of ∼22 bp dsRNAs, called siRNA duplexes, that are structurally similar to the miRNA duplex intermediate described above (Fig. 1A,B).

As with miRNAs, one strand of the siRNA duplex is loaded into RISC, where it is used to guide RISC to complementary mRNAs. 5) with 1,000 random sample uniformly distributed in the range of parameter values from Table 1 and 1,000 bootstrap replicates. As these are fully complementary to any viral siRNAs, RISC binding results in their cleavage and degradation (Fig. 1B), thus potently inhibiting virus replication. Primer sets 102-F/500-R and RPS2-F/RPS2-R amplified 399- and 162-bp fragments, respectively (Table 1). Reactions were stopped by the addition of 4 μl of loading buffer (0.25% [wt/vol] bromophenol blue, 40% [wt/vol] sucrose in water). The sensitivity of detection of HHV-8-specific antibodies was calculated as the number of true-positive samples/(number of true-positive samples + number of false-negative samples).

Although insects do not share the ability of plants and nematodes to amplify the antiviral siRNA response using RdRPs, all of these organisms do mount systemic antiviral RNAi responses that are critical for effective antiviral immunity through uptake of viral dsRNAs either secreted or released by virus-infected cells (Feinberg and Hunter 2003; Saleh et al. melanogaster resistance to viruses, we are conducting a genetic screen for virus-sensitive mutants (LT, AF, MA, unpublished data). Baculovirus systems can also provide us with a richer understanding of how climate change may affect disease transmission. 2000). This can include transmission through the bite of an insect, such as a mosquito. After digestion with SmaI or NotI restriction enzyme, PFGE was carried out with a CHEF-DRII pulsed-field electrophoresis system (Bio-Rad Laboratories) in a 1% agarose gel with 0.5× TBE buffer (40 mM Tris-borate, 1 mM EDTA) at 200 V with a switch time of 60 s for 15 h followed by a switch time of 90 s for 8 h at 14°C. Sf-21 cells were infected with HzNV-1 virus at an MOI of 10.

Another plant virus SRS, the cucumber mosaic cucumovirus 2b protein, is able to inhibit RNAi by three distinct mechanisms (Brigneti et al. 1998; Diaz-Pendon et al. (Some do contain or produce essential enzymes when there is no cellular enzyme that will serve.) When a complete virus particle (virion) comes in contact with a host cell, only the viral nucleic acid and, in some viruses, a few enzymes are injected into the host cell. 2007). The seroprevalence in group B (the high-risk group) was 58.4%, with 45 of 77 samples being positive by both assays. Sun, X. For example, the flock house virus (FHV) B2 protein inhibits RNAi through direct binding of dsRNAs, regardless of length, thus preventing Dicer processing (Li et al.

2002). B2 also inhibits viral siRNA production through a direct interaction with the viral RdRP during viral RNA synthesis (Aliyari et al. For example, the probability that a parasite strain’s infection is covert could determine how often the incoming or the incumbent strain infects the host. FHV is a member of the alphanodavirus subfamily of positive-strand RNA insect viruses that spread directly from insect to insect. In addition to FHV B2, SRS proteins have been identified in multiple members of the nodavirus superfamily (Li et al. 2002; Sullivan and Ganem 2005; Fenner et al. 2006), suggesting that inhibition of the antiviral RNAi response is an important requirement for effective propagation of these viruses.

This is perhaps due to the fact that high virus titers must be produced within infected insect hosts in order to ensure that sufficient amounts are shed to continue the transmission cycle. Although arboviruses also infect insects, there are as yet no reports of any arbovirus-encoded SRS proteins. Thus, because we used fertilized females for the NS phenotype recipient line and virgin females for the S phenotype donor line, we were assured that the emerging females (F1) were daughters of the NS phenotype recipient females. The restriction profile of the Sf29null virus at P0 was clearly less intense than those of SfWT and Sfbac (see Fig. Eight samples each reacted only to either the latent antigen or the lytic antigen. From an evolutionary standpoint, maintaining an infected, but healthy insect vector pool is of paramount importance to these viruses. (C) Flies w1118 iso, VF-0058–3, VF-0058–3t, VF-0097–3, and VF-0097–3t were injected with 500 TCID50DCV.

Therefore, it is possible that arboviruses have evolved to lack SRS proteins in order to ensure that their pathogenic potential within their insect vectors is limited. In contrast, and as discussed in more detail below, there is currently no evidence supporting the hypothesis that arboviruses, such as yellow fever virus (YFV), induce a protective RNAi response in mammalian cells (Pfeffer et al. For many years all forms of latency were thought to be identical, but now it has been discovered that there are different types with basic and important distinctions. After dehydration in a sequential ethanol series, the cells were infiltrated and embedded in LR white. Effect of cycloheximide on hhi1 expression in HzNV-1-infected cells. Infection of mosquitoes with a recombinant SINV carrying a heterologous SRS protein produced higher viral titers and reduced levels of antiviral siRNAs when compared with wild-type virus (Myles et al. 2008).

Some enveloped RNA viruses can be produced in infected cells that continue growing and dividing without being killed. Similar results were also obtained in parallel experiments using O’nyong-nyong virus, a mosquito-borne arbovirus that uses primates as a reservoir (Myles et al. This yielded a specificity of 96.3%. In mammalian cells, viral infection is a potent trigger of the interferon (IFN) response (for review, see Sen 2001; Katze et al. 2002; Sadler and Williams 2008). Triggering of the IFN system is initiated by pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) that recognize the presence of viral molecules. Some PRRs, including MDA5, RIG-I, and TLR3, recognize dsRNAs such as those generated during viral infection.

For some values, multiple evolutionary attractors exist. TLR3, which is primarily located in endosomes, can trigger a similar signaling cascade after dsRNA binding, also leading to IFN production. The IFN response is then further amplified and spread to surrounding cells by a positive feedback loop involving the JAK/STAT pathway, thus generating a systemic antiviral state. Binding of IFNs to their cell surface receptors results in the production of numerous IFN-stimulated genes, including OAS/RNaseL and PKR. OAS proteins recognize viral dsRNAs and tag them with 2′,5′-adenosine oligomers. These oligomers then activate RNaseL, which degrades the modified RNAs. The resulting degradation products can also serve as triggers for MDA5 and RIG-I, inducing further expression of IFN in a positive feedback loop.

melanogaster, the major Drosophila species during the sampling period, and two species of emerging parasitoids, L. 3). The Sf9 three-antigen assay is flexible because it can be expanded to incorporate more antigens, if needed. As one would predict, mammalian viruses have evolved a diverse array of countermeasures to block the protein-based innate antiviral mechanisms delineated above. Anti-tubulin was used as a loading control. 1996). Other viral proteins directly block PKR activation; e.g., hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5A and herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) ICP34.5 (Gale et al.

While infection with this virus alone is usually not life-threatening, coincident infection with hepatitis C virus is generally rapidly fatal. We found that the intensity of PAT1 expression was higher in newly established SFP4 cells (passage 30) than in long-passaged persistently infected cells (passages 200 to 230). The pag1 promoter activity was tested in the presence and absence of HzNV-1 virus infection in Sf-21 cells. 2000). Moreover, simian virus 40 (SV40) and encephalomyocarditis virus block the OAS/RNaseL pathway (Vilcek and Sen 1996). hepatitis G virus (HGV) a parenterally transmitted flavivirus originally isolated from a patient with chronic hepatitis; most infections are benign, and it is uncertain what role, if any, HGV plays in the etiology of liver disease. Whether or not viral infection of mammalian cells ever induces an effective antiviral RNAi response remains to be fully determined.

This patient had undergone antiretroviral treatment after the development of KS; the treatment could have suppressed the viral load and led to the complete seroreversion for HHV-8-specific antibodies by the time of the present study. (2005) cloned small RNAs from cell lines infected with a range of viruses including Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), mouse γ-herpesvirus 68 (MHV68), human cytomegalovirus (hCMV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), YFV, and HCV. Although hundreds of virally derived short RNAs were recovered from the three herpesvirus samples, which were then all determined to be novel viral miRNAs (Table 1), no siRNAs of viral origin were recovered from any of the infected cells analyzed. Moreover, HIV-1, YFV, and HCV were found to produce neither viral miRNAs nor siRNAs in infected cells. Other groups, using small RNA cloning as well as deep sequencing, have observed a similar absence of viral siRNAs in cells infected by HIV-1, human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I), HCV, hCMV, murine cytomegalovirus (mCMV), EBV, and influenza virus (Cai et al. 2006; Buck et al. 2007; Dölken et al.

2007; Lin and Cullen 2007; Randall et al. 2007; JL Umbach and BR Cullen, unpubl.). While one group has reported the existence of a single HIV-1 siRNA (Bennasser et al. 2005), this small RNA, if genuine, appears to be expressed at very low levels. In addition to the inability to detect viral siRNAs in virally infected mammalian cells reported by several groups, analysis of small RNAs expressed in mammalian somatic cells using deep sequencing has also failed to detect siRNAs of any kind, including the repeat-associated siRNAs (rasiRNAs) commonly seen in plants and invertebrates (Tam et al. We observed no amplification for females belonging to the NSref line, and we amplified the putative viral sequence for all females belonging to the Sref line (Fig. All the colonies derived from Sf29null OBs sampled at P0 presented the expected Sf29null bacmid REN profile (Fig.

In our case, it reduced the specificity (96%) of this testing strategy. 2008). Three–six-d-old males of each line were injected with 500 TCID50DCV, collected 6 d later, and DCV levels analysed by Western blot with anti-DCV. It should be noted, however, that oocytes and ES cells are unusual in that the IFN pathway is not functional in these cells (Wianny and Zernicka-Goetz 2000; Yang et al. 2001). It regularly produces an outbreak of infection each winter and virtually disappears in the summer months. 4 and Table 1).

The coding region of hhi1 was transfected into latently infected SFP4 cells, and expression of early genes was monitored by RT-PCR. 2007), HIV-1 Tat (Bennasser et al. 2005), and primate foamy virus (PFV) Tas (Lecellier et al. RNA virus a virus whose genome consists of RNA. It is difficult to determine the precise role that these putative SRS activities play in the viral life cycle, as all of these proteins also have other well-defined and essential functions. This method has proven to be sensitive in detecting HHV-8-specific antibodies from asymptomatic children and adults in Zambia, a region where HHV-8 infection is endemic (21a). 2003).

The question of specificity and physiological relevance is especially pertinent since the SRS activities of NS1, E3L, and VP35 have all been mapped to their dsRNA-binding domains (Li et al. 2004; Haasnoot et al. 2007). Currently, there are no studies demonstrating that any of these putative mammalian virus SRS proteins affect viral siRNA production, for the simple reason that no viral siRNAs have yet been identified in infected mammalian cells. Although not a protein, the adenoviral VA1 RNA has been reported to have SRS properties in addition to its well-established role in PKR inhibition (Lu and Cullen 2004; Andersson et al. 2005). VA1 is a small, highly structured RNA with a short 3′ overhang that is recognized and bound by Exportin 5.

Since VA1 is produced at extremely high levels during adenoviral infection (up to 108 copies per cell), VA1 is able to saturate the Exportin 5 pathway, thereby inhibiting the nuclear export of pre-miRNAs. Additionally, due to the fact that its secondary structure resembles that of pre-miRNAs, VA1 is also able to bind Dicer. Yet, VA1 is a poor substrate for Dicer cleavage and, in fact, functions as a competitive inhibitor of Dicer function (Andersson et al. However, although the PCR tests were positive for all of the Sref females, only 29/36 had the typical S phenotype behavior, which indicates that the virus does not always induce behavioral alteration (Fig. We questioned whether the recovered gene came from the host or from another virus causing a covert infection in the insect colony. and S.P. 2006).

These results show that increase sensitive to DCV after tetracycline treatment is always associated with an initial Wolbachia infection. In conclusion, although it appears that the cellular machinery required to generate an antiviral siRNA response in plants and invertebrates is largely conserved in mammals, it does not seem that this mechanism is used, at least in somatic cells. Additionally, mammalian cells lack the RdRPs used by plants and nematodes to amplify the siRNA population and have not been shown to be able to mount a systemic antiviral RNAi response. Together with the lack of convincing evidence for a mammalian virus SRS, these results collectively suggest it is unlikely that mammals use RNAi as an antiviral innate immune response. After SmaI digestion, the majority of DNA isolated from viral particles was converted to 228-kb linear molecules (Figs. Establishment of latent cells by hhi1 knockdown.In this report, we found that overexpression of hhi1 in latent cells could stimulate viral DNA accumulation and reactivate cells from the latent to the productive infection stages.