Heterogeneous nuclear ribonuclear protein K interacts with the enterovirus 71 5′ untranslated region and participates in virus replication

Jing Yi Lin, Mei Ling Li, Peng Nien Huang, Kun Yi Chien, Jim Tong Horng, Shin Ru Shih

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Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a picornavirus that can cause severe neurological complications in children. Like other picornaviruses, the genomic RNA of EV71 contains a long 59 untranslated region (UTR). Cellular proteins interact with the EV71 5′ UTR, and these interactions are important for virus replication. Using an RNA pull-down assay and proteomics approaches, this study identified the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNP K) as one of the EV71 5′ UTR-associated proteins. The interaction between hnRNP K and the 5′ UTR was further confirmed by mapping the interaction regions to stem-loops I-II and IV in the 5′ UTR. During EV71 infection, hnRNP K was enriched in the cytoplasm where virus replication occurs, whereas hnRNP K was localized in the nucleus in mock-infected cells. Viral yields were found to be significantly lower in hnRNP K knockdown cells and viral RNA synthesis was delayed in hnRNP K knockdown cells in comparison with negative-control cells treated with small interfering RNA. These results suggest that hnRNP K interacts with the EV71 5′ UTR and participates in virus replication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2540-2549
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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