Identification of genotype 4 Hepatitis E virus binding proteins on swine liver cells
© Zhang et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Received: 6 August 2011
Accepted: 27 October 2011
Published: 27 October 2011
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a zoonotic pathogen of which several species of animal were reported as reservoirs. Swine stands out as the major reservoir for HEV infection in humans, as suggested by the close genetic relationship of swine and human virus and cross-species infection of HEV. Up to now, the mechanism of cross-species infection of HEV from swine to humans is still unclear. This study sought to identify receptor element for genotype 4 HEV on swine liver cells using the viral overlay protein binding assay (VOPBA) technique and Mass Spectrometry fingerprinting. A single virus binding band with natural molecular weight about 55 kDa was observed, and mass spectrometry revealed that this virus binding band contained 31 different proteins. Infection inhibition assay suggested that this 55 kDa protein could prevent HEV from infecting its susceptible A549 cell line, which was further confirmed by the HEV genome detecting in the inoculated cells. Further research should be performed to elucidate the accurate receptor of HEV on the swine liver cells.
Hepatitis E virus (HEV), a member of the genus Hepevirus, is a non-enveloped virus with a positive-stranded RNA genome approximately 7.2 kb in length, which consists three open reading frames (ORF1-3). ORF1 locates at the 5' of genome and encodes non-structural proteins, including the methyltransferase, protease, helicase and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) . ORF2 maps to the 3' terminus and encodes for a major structural protein, and ORF3 overlaps both and encodes a thus far unknown function . It has been hypothesised that zoonosis is involved in the transmission of HEV . HEV isolates were divided into 4 distinct genotypes which were recently proposed to be further classified into 24 subtypes . Genotypes 1 and 2 have been identified exclusively in humans, while genotypes 3 and 4 have been found in humans and several species of animals. Swine stands out as a reservoir for hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in humans, as suggested by the close genetic relationship of swine and human virus and cross-species infection of HEV [6, 7].
Viral overlay protein binding assay (VOPBA) has been used to identify receptor proteins for various viruses, such as Bovine adenovirus , Dengue Virus , Fowl Adenovirus , and pancreatic necrosis virus . This assay is sensitive enough to detect the binding of less than 100 mg of protein in a crude membrane preparation or to detect 5 mg of purified glycophorin . As a cross-species infection pathogen, identification of receptor of HEV to enter cells is very important for elucidating the mechanisms of cross-species infection between humans and animals. However, there is little information on the interaction between HEV and liver cells nowadays, therefore, the present study aimed to use VOPBA combining MS analysis to identify the virus binding protein on the swine liver cell.
Materials and Methods
Viruses Sample and Purification of Viral Particles
HEV positive swine fecal sample was form an experimentally infected pig with a genotype 4 HEV strain (GenBank accession no.: EF570133). This sample was proved to be negative for PEVs (including PTV and PEV1-10), haemagglutinating encephalomyelitis virus, Aujeszky's disease virus, porcine circovirus type 2, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, classical swine fever virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, porcine transmissible gastroenteritis virus, porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus, porcine rotavirus, porcine sapovirus, cytomegalovirus, porcine Torque-Teno virus and porcine parvovirus by RT-PCR/PCR methods. The fecal sample was converted to 10% (w/v) suspensions in PBS (pH7.4) and clarified by centrifugation at 15, 000 g for 30 min. Supernatants were purified by passage through 0.22 μm microfilters (Millex-GV, Millipore) before virus inoculation or purification for viral overlay protein binding assay (VOPBA). For purification of viral particles, 150 ml of the purified virus suspension were mixed with polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) and NaCl to final concentrations of 6% and 0.3 M, respectively. The mixture was stirred at 4°C for 6 h, then centrifuged at 20, 000 g for 90 min at 4°C. The precipitated sediment was resuspended in 15 ml PBS. A 10-60% (w/v) discontinuous sucrose density gradient was made in a Beckman 25 × 76 mm Ultraclear tube (Beckman Instruments, USA) using a modification of the method described previously to purified the HEV particles. The sample between 20% and 30% was collected and proved to contain HEV particles, of which the virus antigens were detected by western blotting [14, 15] and virus particles were observed by Electron Microscope (EM) .
Membrane Protein Preparation
Swine liver tissue was gifted from the Institute Animal Medicine of Shanghai Jiaotong University. Tissues were first ground with Liquid Nitrogen in mortar and membrane protein was extracted from swine liver tissue using Plasma Membrane Protein Extraction Kit (BioVision, USA) in accordance with the manufacturer's protocol. The concentration of protein was quantified by the Bradford method .
Viral Overlay Pprotein Binding Assay (VOPBA)
Membrane proteins (60 to 100 μg) were subjected to electrophoresis through an 8% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel and transferred to PVDF membrane (Millipore, Billerica, MA, USA). The membrane containing transferred proteins was blocked with 5% skim milk in TBS at room temperature for 1 h. The membranes were incubated with suitable amount of purified HEV particles in 1% skim milk in TBS for 12 h at room temperature and washed three times with TBS buffer. Subsequently, the membranes were incubated with a specific rabbit anit-HEV-ORF2 antibody (Affinity BioReagents, USA) at a dilution of 1:100 in 5% skim milk in TBS buffer. The viral binding band was visualized by incubation with a secondary horseradish peroxidase-conjugated sheep anti-rabbit IgG. Finally, the signal was developed using the ECL Advanced™ Western Blotting Detection kit (GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences, UK) in accordance with the manufacturer's protocol.
Mass spectrometry was undertaken commercially by the Research Centre for Proteome Analysis, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China. Band was subjected to tryptic digestion for 16 h followed by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry and was performed with a Micromass Maldi Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometer. Spectra were acquired in the mass range 400-2000 Da. Spectra were searched against Suina Protein Data Bank in NCBI.
Inhibition of Infection
Proteins in band were electroeluted using D-Tube Dialyzers & D-Tube Electroelution Kit (Novagen, Darmstadt, Germany) in accordance with the manufacturer's protocol. The purified HEV supernatant was pre-incubated with eluted proteins, or purified swine fecal suspension which was collected from SPF pigs, and was then incubated with the human lung carcinoma A549 cell line according to the previous report . The cytopathic effects (CPE) were then investigated and HEV genomes in infected cells were detected by RT-PCR method .
Virus Particles and Antigens
Viral Overlay Protein Binding Assay
Mass Spectrometry Fingerprint Analysis
Inhibition of Virus Infection
There is gathering evidence that HEV is enzootic and pigs are considered one of the major reservoirs of human infection with this virus. The zoonotic transmission of HEV from pigs to humans has been suggested previously, particularly for cases in non-endemic areas. This hypothesis was mainly based on phylogenetic analysis, which showed that swine and human HEV strains from same geographic regions share a high genomic similarity [4, 7, 20–22]. The initial interaction between a cell and a virus is a critical determinant of viral tropism and thus of pathogenicity; therefore, considerable interest lies in determining the nature of the proteins used by viruses to enter cells. While infections with HEV present a significant worldwide problem, especially the regions with poor sanitation. Although some research about the putative receptor-binding sites on HEV capsid protein has been performed , little progress has been made in identifying the extracellular proteins utilized by HEV to gain entry into cells. Therefore, identification of receptor of HEV to enter cells is very important for elucidating the mechanisms of cross-species infection between humans and animals and for the development of gene-engineering vaccine.
Using a combination of VOPBA and MS analysis, we have identified a virus binding protein on the swine liver cell with nature molecular weight about 55kDa. The infection inhibition analysis indicated that this virus binding protein could prevent the HEV from infecting the A549 cell line [Figure 4]. The peptide fingerprint analysis and protein search showed that the virus binding band containing 31 different proteins (Additional file 1). This meant that the accurate receptor of HEV couldn't be identified in the present study. However, among the 31 proteins, four proteins could be ever identified as receptor of virus or other proteins. They are Integral membrane protein 2B [24, 25], Moesin-B , ATP synthase subunit alpha liver isoform , and Cytochromo P450 . Next step, we will aim to clone these genes form pigs and humans to further elucidate whether they can be used as HEV receptors.
In the present study, we only used genotype 4 HEV for identifying the virus binding proteins in swine liver cells, because among the four genotypes of HEV, only genotype 3 and 4 belong to zoonotic pathogens. This study will provide some reference for the research of identifying the binding proteins of the other HEV genotypes. Although the aim of our study was identifying the binding proteins on the surface of swine cell so as to finding the candidate receptor of HEV, some of proteins in the aim band were not membrane proteins, which may be due to slight solubility of membrane proteins. Therefore, more effective method for membrane protein extraction should used during the future research for identifying the receptors of virus using VOPBA methods.
Taken together, we have identified a virus binding protein on the swine liver cell with nature molecular weight about 55kDa by using a combination of VOPBA and MS analysis, and this virus binding protein could prevent the HEV from infecting the A549 cell line. The peptide fingerprint analysis and protein search showed that this virus binding band containing 31 different proteins. Although the accurate receptor of HEV has not been identified, the present study will lay a foundation for further research of the receptor of HEV.
This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China No. 31070132, the Professional Research Foundation for Advanced Talents of Jiangsu University under Grant No.10JDG059, and the Open Fund of State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology No. SKLVEB2010KFKT002. Authors would like to thank Research Centre for Proteome Analysis, Key Lab of Proteomics, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological, Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China.
- Zhang W, Yang S, Ren L, Shen Q, Cui L, Fan K, Huang F, Kang Y, Shan T, Wei J, Xiu H, Lou Y, Liu J, Yang Z, Zhu J, Hua X: Hepatitis E virus infection in central China reveals no evidence of cross-species transmission between human and swine in this area. PLoS One 2009, 4: e8156. 10.1371/journal.pone.0008156PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Koonin EV, Gorbalenya AE, Purdy MA, Rozanov MN, Reyes GR, Bradley DW: Computer-assisted assignment of functional domains in the nonstructural polyprotein of hepatitis E virus: delineation of an additional group of positive-strand RNA plant and animal viruses. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1992,89(17):8259-8263. 10.1073/pnas.89.17.8259PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Tam AW, Smith MM, Guerra ME, Huang CC, Bradley DW, Fry KE, Reyes GR: Hepatitis E, virus (HEV): molecular cloning and sequencing of the full-length viral genome. Virology 1991,185(1):120-131. 10.1016/0042-6822(91)90760-9View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zhang W, He Y, Wang H, Shen Q, Cui L, Wang X, Shao S, Hua X: Hepatitis E virus genotype diversity in eastern China. Emerg Infect Dis 2010, 16: 1630-2.PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Lu L, Li C, Hagedorn CH: Phylogenetic analysis of global hepatitis E virus sequences: genetic diversity, subtypes and zoonosis. Rev Med Virol 2006, 16: 5-36. 10.1002/rmv.482View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Meng XJ, Purcell RH, Halbur PG, Lehman JR, Webb DM, Tsareva TS, Haynes JS, Thacker BJ, Emerson SU: A novel virus in swine is closely related to the human hepatitis E virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1997, 94: 9860-5. 10.1073/pnas.94.18.9860PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zheng Y, Ge S, Zhang J, Guo Q, Ng MH, Wang F, Xia N, Jiang Q: Swine as a principal reservoir of hepatitis E virus that infects humans in eastern China. J Infect Dis 2006, 193: 1643-9. 23 10.1086/504293View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Li X, Bangari DS, Sharma A, Mittal SK: Bovine adenovirus serotype 3 utilizes sialic acid as a cellular receptor for virus entry. Virology 2009, 392: 162-8. 10.1016/j.virol.2009.06.029PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Jindadamrongwech S, Smith DR: Virus Overlay Protein Binding Assay (VOPBA) reveals serotype specific heterogeneity of dengue virus binding proteins on HepG2 human liver cells. Intervirology 2004, 47: 370-3. 10.1159/000080882View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Taharaguchi S, Kono Y, Ohta H, Takase K: Putative host cell receptor for fowl adenovirus detected in gizzard. J Vet Med Sci 2007, 69: 1203-5. 10.1292/jvms.69.1203View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Orpetveit I, Gjøen T, Sindre H, Dannevig BH: Binding of infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV) to membrane proteins from different fish cell lines. Arch Virol 2008, 153: 485-93. 10.1007/s00705-007-0018-1View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gershoni JM, Lapidot M, Zakai N, Loyter A: Protein blot analysis of virus receptors: identification and characterization of the Sendai virus receptor. Biochim Biophys Acta 1986, 856: 19-26. 10.1016/0005-2736(86)90004-0View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- McCombs RM, Rawls WE: Density gradient centrifugation of rubella virus. J Virol 1968,2(5):409-14.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Haqshenas G, Huang FF, Fenaux M, Guenette DK, Pierson FW, Larsen CT, Shivaprasad HL, Toth TE, Meng XJ: The putative capsid protein of the newly identified avian hepatitis E virus shares antigenic epitopes with that of swine and human hepatitis E viruses and chicken big liver and spleen disease virus. J Gen Virol 2002, 83: 2201-9.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Huang R, Nakazono N, Ishii K, Kawamata O, Kawaguchi R, Tsukada Y: Existing variations on the gene structure of hepatitis E virus strains from some regions of China. J Med Virol 1995, 47: 303-308. 10.1002/jmv.1890470403View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Johne R, Plenge-Bönig A, Hess M, Ulrich RG, Reetz J, Schielke A: Detection of a novel hepatitis E-like virus in faeces of wild rats using a nested broad-spectrum RT-PCR. J Gen Virol 2010, 91: 750-8. 10.1099/vir.0.016584-0View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bradford MM: A rapid and sensitive method for the quantitation of microgram quantities of protein utilizing the principle of protein-dye binding. Anal Biochem 1976, 72: 248-254. 10.1016/0003-2697(76)90527-3View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wei S, Walsh P, Huang R, To SS: 93G, a novel sporadic strain of hepatitis E virus in South China isolated by cell culture. J Med Virol 2000, 61: 311-8. 10.1002/1096-9071(200007)61:3<311::AID-JMV5>3.0.CO;2-HView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Cooper K, Huang FF, Batista L, Rayo CD, Bezanilla JC, Toth TE, Meng XJ: Identification of genotype 3 hepatitis E virus (HEV) in serum and fecal samples from pigs in Thailand and Mexico, where genotype 1 and 2 HEV strains are prevalent in the respective human populations. J Clin Microbiol 2005, 43: 1684-1688. 10.1128/JCM.43.4.1684-1688.2005PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Fernández-Barredo S, Galiana C, García A, Gómez-Muñoz MT, Vega S, Rodríguez-Iglesias MA, Pérez-Gracia MT: Prevalence and genetic characterization of hepatitis E virus in paired samples of feces and serum from naturally infected pigs. Can J Vet Res 2007, 71: 236-40.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Takahashi M, Nishizawa T, Miyajima H, Gotanda Y, Iita T, Tsuda F, Okamoto H: Swine hepatitis E virus strains in Japan form four phylogenetic clusters comparable with those of Japanese isolates of human hepatitis E virus. J Gen Virol 2003, 84: 851-62. 10.1099/vir.0.18918-0View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zhang W, Shen Q, Mou J, Gong G, Yang Z, Cui L, Zhu J, Ju G, Hua X: Hepatitis E virus infection among domestic animals in eastern China. Zoonoses Public Health 2008, 55: 291-298. 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2008.01136.xView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Miao J, Zheng Z, Wu T, Xie M, Tang M, Zhang J, Ng MH, Xia N: Putative receptor-binding sites of hepatitis E virus. He S, J Gen Virol 2008, 89: 245-9. 10.1099/vir.0.83308-0View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Levin Perlman S, Jordan M, Brossmer R, Greengard O, Moscona A: The use of a quantitative fusion assay to evaluate HN-receptor interaction for human parainfluenza virus type 3. Virology 1999, 265: 57-65. 10.1006/viro.1999.0024View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zimmer G, Klenk HD, Herrler G: Identification of a 40-kDa cell surface sialoglycoprotein with the characteristics of a major influenza C virus receptor in a Madin-Darby canine kidney cell line. J Biol Chem 1995, 270: 17815-22. 10.1074/jbc.270.30.17815View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Schneider-Schaulies J, Dunster LM, Schwartz-Albiez R, Krohne G, ter Meulen V: Physical association of moesin and CD46 as a receptor complex for measles virus. J Virol 1995, 69: 2248-56.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Osanai T, Magota K, Tanaka M, Shimada M, Murakami R, Sasaki S, Tomita H, Maeda N, Okumura K: Intracellular signaling for vasoconstrictor coupling factor 6: novel function of beta-subunit of ATP synthase as receptor. Hypertension 2005, 46: 1140-6. 14 10.1161/01.HYP.0000186483.86750.85View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Swanson HI: Cytochrome P450 expression in human keratinocytes: an aryl hydrocarbon receptor perspective. Chem Biol Interact 2004, 149: 69-79. 10.1016/j.cbi.2004.08.006View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.