DOI: 10.1101/518373Jan 11, 2019Paper

Topoisomerase 2[beta]-dependent nuclear DNA damage shapes extracellular growth factor responses through AKT phosphorylation dynamics to control virus latency

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Hui-Lan HuTony T Huang


The mTOR pathway integrates both extracellular and intracellular signals and serves as a central regulator of cell metabolism, growth, survival and stress responses. Neurotropic viruses, such as herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), also rely on cellular AKT-mTORC1 signaling to achieve viral latency. Here, we define a novel genotoxic response whereby spatially separated signals initiated by extracellular neurotrophic factors and nuclear DNA damage are integrated by the AKT-mTORC1 pathway. We demonstrate that endogenous DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) mediated by Topoisomerase 2[beta]-DNA cleavage complex (TOP2[beta]cc) intermediates are required to achieve AKT-mTORC1 signaling and maintain HSV-1 latency in neurons. Suppression of host DNA repair pathways that remove TOP2[beta]cc trigger HSV-1 reactivation. Moreover, perturbation of AKT phosphorylation dynamics by downregulating the PHLPP1 phosphatase led to AKT mis-localization and disruption of DSB-induced HSV-1 reactivation. Thus, the cellular genome integrity and environmental inputs are consolidated and co-opted by a latent virus to balance lifelong infection with transmission.

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DNA Damage
Topoisomerase II
DNA Repair
Growth Factor
Biological Adaptation to Stress

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