Journal Article Roles of the three L-domains in β-retrovirus budding

Narahara, Chisato  ,  Yasuda, Jiro

59 ( 9 )  , pp.545 - 554 , 2015-09 , Blackwell Publishing Asia
Retroviral Gag protein plays a critical role during the late stage of virus budding and possesses a so-called L-domain containing PT/SAP, PPxY, YxxL or FPIV motifs that are critical for efficient budding. Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) contains PSAP, PPPY, and YADL sequences in Gag. This study was performed to investigate the roles of these three L-domain-like sequences in virus replication in three different cell lines, 293T, COS-7 and HeLa cells. It was found that the PPxY motif plays an essential role in progeny virus production as a major L-domain in all three cell lines. The PSAP sequence was shown to function as an additional L-domain in HeLa cells and to promote efficient release of M-PMV; however, this sequence was dispensable for M-PMV production in 293T and COS-7 cells, suggesting that the role of the PSAP motif as an L-domain in M-PMV budding is cell type-dependent. Viruses possessing multiple L-domains appear to change the L-domain usage to replicate in various cells. On the other hand, the YADL motif was required for M-PMV production as a transport signal of Gag to the plasma membrane, but not as an L-domain.

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