Mar 30, 2020

Vesicular Trafficking Permits Evasion of cGAS/STING Surveillance During Initial Human Papillomavirus Infection

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Brittany L. UhlornS. M. Bratton


Oncogenic human papillomaviruses (HPVs) replicate in differentiating epithelium, causing 5% of cancers worldwide. Like most other DNA viruses, HPV infection initiates after trafficking viral genome (vDNA) to host cell nuclei. Cells possess innate surveillance pathways to detect microbial components or physiological stresses often associated with microbial infections. One of these pathways, cGAS/STING, induces IRF3-dependent antiviral interferon (IFN) responses upon detection of cytosolic DNA. Virion-associated vDNA can activate cGAS/STING during initial viral entry and uncoating/trafficking, and thus cGAS/STING is an obstacle to many DNA viruses. HPV has a unique vesicular trafficking pathway compared to many other DNA viruses. As the capsid uncoats within acidic endosomal compartments, minor capsid protein L2 protrudes across vesicular membranes to facilitate transport of vDNA to the Golgi. L2/vDNA resides within the Golgi lumen until G2/M, whereupon vesicular L2/vDNA traffics along spindle microtubules, tethering to chromosomes to access daughter cell nuclei. L2/vDNA-containing vesicles likely remain intact until G1, following nuclear envelope reformation. We hypothesize that this unique vesicular trafficking protects HPV fro...Continue Reading

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