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Rabies Virus P Protein Interacts with STAT1 and Inhibits Interferon Signal Transduction Pathways

Authors
  • Aurore Vidy
  • Mounira Chelbi-Alix
  • Danielle Blondel
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2005
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Biology
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Abstract

Rabies virus P protein is a cofactor of RNA polymerase. We investigated other potential roles of P (CVS strain) by searching for cellular partners using two-hybrid screening. We isolated a cDNA encoding the signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) that is a critical component of interferon type I (IFN-α/β) and type II (IFN-γ) signaling. We confirmed this interaction by glutathione S-transferase-pull-down assay. Deletion mutant analysis indicated that the carboxy-terminal part of P interacted with a region containing the DNA-binding domain and the coiled-coil domain of STAT1. The expression of P protein inhibits IFN-α- and IFN-γ-induced transcriptional responses, thus impairing the IFN-induced antiviral state. Mechanistic studies indicate that P protein does not induce STAT1 degradation and does not interfere with STAT1 phosphorylation but prevents IFN-induced STAT1 nuclear accumulation. These results indicate that rabies P protein overcomes the antiviral response of the infected cells.

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