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Virologica Sinica, 33 (2) : 162, 2018
Research Article
Mechanisms and Effects on HBV Replication of the Interaction between HBV Core Protein and Cellular Filamin B
1 School of Basic Medical Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430071, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430071, China
3 School of Basic Medicine (Shenzhen), Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510081, China
 Correspondence: guodeyin@mail.sysu.edu.cn;mujf@wh.iov.cn
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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the major problems that threatens global health. There have been many studies on HBV, but the relationship between HBV and host factors is largely unexplored and more studies are needed to clarify these interactions. Filamin B is an actin-binding protein that acts as a cytoskeleton protein, and it is involved in cell development and several signaling pathways. In this study, we showed that filamin B interacted with HBV core protein, and the interaction promoted HBV replication. The interaction between filamin B and core protein was observed in HEK 293T, Huh7 and HepG2 cell lines by co-immunoprecipitation and co-localization immnofluoresence. Overexpression of filamin B increased the levels of HBV total RNAs and pre-genome RNA (pgRNA), and improved the secretion level of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg). In contrast, filamin B knockdown inhibited HBV replication, decreased the level of HBV total RNAs and pgRNA, and reduced the secretion level of HBsAg and HBeAg. In addition, we found that filamin B and core protein may interact with each other via four blocks of argentine residues at the C-terminus of core protein. In conclusion, we identify filamin B as a novel host factor that can interact with core protein to promote HBV replication in hepatocytes. Our study provides new insights into the relationship between HBV and host factors and may provide new strategies for the treatment of HBV infection.
Key Words: Filamin B;  Core;  HBV replication
Received: 30 Oct 2017  Accepted: 12 Jan 2018  Published online: 28 Mar 2018
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