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  • Viral Evasion Strategies


    Lecture 14Virology W3310/4310

    Spring 2012

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Dont look back, something might be gaining on you!

    Satchel Paige


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Host vs. Virus

    What one does to the other? Evolution of strategies to evade innate and adaptive

    cell responses to infection

    - goal: survival, reproduction and release


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Strategies for Evasion

    Overwhelm the host Enter parenterally

    - Anyway other than the gut

    - Why?

    Disarm host defenses


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Acute Infections

    SymptomsWhen to treat?


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Virus Offense Meets Host Defense


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Evasion

    Disarm innate immunity Regulate MHC molecules

    - responsible for antigen presentation

    Interfere with CTL and NK cells Alter antigen presentation Go and hide

    More on this later


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Host Defenses Immune system, recognizes signal, amplifies

    signal and controls invader

    Innate immunity, responds to everything Intranuclear modulatory molecules Interferons induce an antiviral state PKR Complement punches holes in membranes NK and CTLs Macrophages and neutrophils


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Adaptive Immunity

    A memory response Activated in response to the innate immune system Results in clonal expansion of B and T cells

    - requires Th1 and Th2 cells

    Generation of Cytotoxic T celLs and antibody production


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Inflammatory Response

    Occurs in response to necrosis Results in release of cytokines and chemokines Recruits neutrophils and macrophages to site

    of damage


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Cytokines

    Primary output of innate immune response Rapid induction in response to infection Control inflammation Induce antiviral state, IFNs Regulate immune system


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Viral Response

    Virokines, it looks like, smells like, so dont step in it

    - these mimetics bind and sequester host receptor molecules


    - soluble cytokine receptors

    - divert cytokines from initiating response

    Sabotage innate and adaptive defense without affecting growth in cell culture


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Products that Counter IFN


    - Without IFN host has a reduced ability to contain viral infections

    dsRNA binding proteins

    - NS1 from Influenza

    - E3h from Poxviruses

    - US11 from HSV

    Ad VA-RNA

    - A dsRNA decoy that binds PKR


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Modulators of the IFN Response


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Regulators of ISGs

    ND10s are composed of host proteins that repress virus replication

    - innate nuclear defense

    - epigenetic regulation of virus replication

    - PML, an important ND10 constituent

    HSV ICP0 targets PML for proteolysis


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Dissolution of PML


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Translational Regulation

    Viruses modify host to favor synthesis of their own proteins

    IFNs establish an anti-viral state Induction of Protein Kinase R and other

    eIF2 kinases

    - inhibit translation

    - consequences for virus replication


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Innate Defense Targets


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • PKR

    Activated by binding dsRNA Autophosphorylates at S51 Phosphorylates eIF2

    - forms a very tight ternary complex with GDP- eIF2B

    - blocks recycling

    - translation is arrested


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • How Viruses Counteract Pkr

    Virus proteins have evolved to thwart host anti-virus defenses

    Herpes simplex virus US11 blocks Pkr activation Adenovirus VA RNAs bind tightly to Pkr

    - dsRNA decoy

    HPV E6 and HSV 34.5 dephosphorylate eIF2

    - 34.5 interacts with PP1a redirecting it to eIF2


    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Phosphorylation of eIF2

    US11 a proteinAd VA RNAs

    HPV E6HSV 34.5


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  • Viral Modulators of Interferon

    Inhibit IFN synthesis IFN Receptor decoys Inhibition of IFN signaling Block function of Interferon Stimulated



    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Autophagy


    For example, the most commonly used autophagy assays, biochemical detection of the lipidated form of LC3 (LC3-II) and detec-tion of the localization of LC3-II to punctate dots by light microscopy, are subject to many interpretations. Most investigators now rec-ognize that detection of increased LC3-II can indicate either more autophagosome forma-tion or a block in autophagosomal matura-tion, which necessitates the use of ancillary approaches to distinguish between these possibilities14. Perhaps less well appreciated is the idea that LC3 dots may represent the targeting of LC3 to structures other than autophagosomes, such as phagosomes, dou-ble-membraned scaffolds for the replication complexes of positive-strand RNA viruses, or even protein aggregates1517. Similarly, LC3 may become lipidated, forming LC3-II, in the absence of autophagosome formation18,19. Thus, whereas LC3-II formation and localiza-tion of LC3 punctae are hallmark features of autophagosome formation (and sensitive parameters for the detection of autophagy), they lack complete specificity as markers of classical autophagy. The direct demonstra-tion of a function for autophagosomes in a process is the gold standard for proving that autophagy is involved. An extensive discus-sion of the various assays used in autophagy research, as well as the criteria for their use and interpretation, has been provided in a consen-sus paper published by many of the authorities in the field14.

    The genetic knockout or knockdown of core autophagy genes is an effective way to turn off the autophagy pathway, but it is often unclear whether resulting phenotypes are due to a deficiency of classical autophagy or autophagy-independent functions of the autophagy genes. As reviewed elsewhere, autophagy genes are known to have alternative functions, including those in other membrane-trafficking events, axonal elongation and cell death20,21. Furthermore, investigators often assume that phenotypes noted in autophagy genedeficient cells or organisms are due to lack of classical autophagy without providing direct experi-mental proof. Notably, for many studies of the involvement of autophagy genes in immunity (Fig. 3), it is not clear how classical autophagy, involv-ing the autophagolysosomal degradation of sequestered contents, could contribute to the described functions of autophagy genes. Thus, it is possible that autophagy genes act in other cellular processes that affect immune effector cell development and function. Here we will discuss advances related to the function of autophagy genes in the immune system.

    Autophagy genes in antimicrobial defenseMore than a decade ago, the first published paper on Beclin 1, a mam-malian autophagy protein, demonstrated an antiviral function for exogenous neuronal expression of Beclin 1 in mice with alphavirus encephalitis22. Subsequently, endogenous autophagy genes were shown to be critical for the successful innate immune response to fungal, bacte-rial and viral pathogens in plants23, and viral evasion of Beclin 1 function by a herpes simplex virus neurovirulence factor was found to be essential

    for lethal encephalitis in mice24. These studies collectively suggested a likely function for autophagy genes in pathogen defense in vivo. In parallel, many studies demonstrated a function for autophagy in vitro in defense against invading pathogens, including group A Streptococcus, Shigella flexneri, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Salmonella typhimurium and Toxoplasma gondii10,11,13.

    Two recent studies have further confirmed an antimicrobial func-tion for autophagy genes in host defense in vivo against intracellular pathogens and have identified previously unknown relationships among innate immune signaling, autophagy genes and potential autophagy-independent functions of autophagy genes. An innate microbial sensor, the peptidoglycan-recognition protein PRGP-LE, which recognizes bac-terial diaminopimelic acidtype peptidoglycan, is crucial for autophagic control of Listeria monocytogenes infection in fly hemocytes and for host survival25. PRGP-LE-mediated resistance is associated with autophagy induction, requires the autophagy gene Atg5 and presumably involves the xenophagic degradation of bacteria (as bacteria are visualized in autophagosomes in wild-type animals). In this case, xenophagy tar-gets cytoplasmic bacteria that have escaped from the endosome for envelopment in an autophagosome and destruction. In other cases in which a pathogen inside a vesicular structure is targeted (such as mycobacteria inside phagosomes, or salmonella inside vacuoles), the membrane dynamics involved are incompletely defined. It may be that an autophagosome can envelop the entire vesicular structure containing






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