Hepatitis B virus X protein enhances activation of nuclear factor κB through interaction with valosin-containing protein

Hepatitis B virus X protein enhances activation of nuclear factor κB through interaction with... Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx protein) is a multifunctional regulatory protein. The transactivation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) by HBx protein has been shown to be of importance in the pathogenesis of HBV-related diseases. However, the mechanism involved remains largely unclear. In this study, a CytoTrap yeast two-hybrid system was employed to screen binding partners of the HBx protein; 29 cellular proteins, including valosin-containing protein (VCP), were identified. The interaction between HBx protein and VCP was further confirmed in vitro and in vivo using a glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay and co-immunoprecipitation, respectively. It was also shown that this interaction is mediated by amino acid residues 51–120 of the HBx protein. In Huh-7 hepatoma cells, HBx protein enhanced the VCP-mediated activation of NF-κB. Our findings provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms that lead to the activation of NF-κB by HBx protein. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Virology Springer Journals

Hepatitis B virus X protein enhances activation of nuclear factor κB through interaction with valosin-containing protein

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Springer Vienna
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Biomedicine; Medical Microbiology; Virology; Infectious Diseases
ISSN
0304-8608
eISSN
1432-8798
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00705-011-1099-4
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Abstract

Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx protein) is a multifunctional regulatory protein. The transactivation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) by HBx protein has been shown to be of importance in the pathogenesis of HBV-related diseases. However, the mechanism involved remains largely unclear. In this study, a CytoTrap yeast two-hybrid system was employed to screen binding partners of the HBx protein; 29 cellular proteins, including valosin-containing protein (VCP), were identified. The interaction between HBx protein and VCP was further confirmed in vitro and in vivo using a glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay and co-immunoprecipitation, respectively. It was also shown that this interaction is mediated by amino acid residues 51–120 of the HBx protein. In Huh-7 hepatoma cells, HBx protein enhanced the VCP-mediated activation of NF-κB. Our findings provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms that lead to the activation of NF-κB by HBx protein.

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Archives of VirologySpringer Journals

Published: Nov 1, 2011

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