The major apoptotic pathway activated and suppressed by poliovirus

Belov, George A., Romanova, Lyudmila I., Tolskaya, Elena A., Kolesnikova, Marina S., Lazebnik, Yuri A., Agol, Vadim I. (2003) The major apoptotic pathway activated and suppressed by poliovirus. Journal of Virology, 77 (1). pp. 45-56. ISSN 0022-538X

DOI: 10.1128/​JVI.77.1.45-56.2003


Cells respond to poliovirus infection by switching on the apoptotic program, implementation of which is usually suppressed by viral antiapoptotic functions. We show here that poliovirus infection of HeLa cells or derivatives of MCF-7 cells was accompanied by the efflux of cytochrome c from mitochondria. This efflux occurred during both abortive infection (e.g., interrupted by guanidine-HCl and ending with apoptosis) and productive infection (leading to cytopathic effect). The former type of infection, but not the latter, was accompanied by truncation of the proapoptotic protein Bid. The virus-triggered cytochrome c efflux was suppressed by overexpression of Bcl-2. Both abortive and productive infections also resulted in a decreased level of procaspase-9, as revealed by Western blotting. In the former case, this decrease was accompanied by the accumulation of a protein with the electrophoretic mobility of active caspase-9. In contrast, in the productively infected cells, the latter protein was absent but caspase-9-related polypeptides with altered mobility could be detected. Both caspase-9 and caspase-3 were shown to be essential for the development of such hallmarks of virus-induced apoptosis as chromatin condensation, DNA degradation, and nuclear fragmentation. These and some other results suggest the following scenario. Poliovirus infection activates the apoptotic pathway, involving mitochondrial damage, cytochrome c efflux, and consecutive activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3. The apoptotic signal appears to be amplified by a loop which includes secondary processing of Bid. The implementation of the apoptotic program in productively infected cells may be suppressed, however, by the viral antiapoptotic functions, which act at a step(s) downstream of the cytochrome c efflux. The suppression appears to be caused, at least in part, by aberrant processing and degradation of procaspase-9.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Apoptosis BH3 Interacting Domain Death Agonist Protein Carrier Proteins Caspase 3 Caspase 9 Caspases Cytochrome c Group HeLa Cells Humans Poliovirus
Subjects: organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions > cell functions > apoptosis
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions > cell functions
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Communities: CSHL labs > Labeznik lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 2003
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 17:30
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 17:30
PMCID: PMC140567
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