Two distinct phases of virus-induced nuclear factor kappa B regulation enhance tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand-mediated apoptosis in virus-infected cells.

Research paper by Penny P Clarke, Suzanne M SM Meintzer, Lisa A LA Moffitt, Kenneth L KL Tyler

Indexed on: 15 Mar '03Published on: 15 Mar '03Published in: Journal of Biological Chemistry


Cellular transcription factors are often utilized by infecting viruses to promote viral growth and influence cell fate. We have previously shown that nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) is activated after reovirus infection and that this activation is required for virus-induced apoptosis. In this report we identify a second phase of reovirus-induced NF-kappaB regulation. We show that at later times post-infection NF-kappaB activation is blocked in reovirus-infected cells. This results in the termination of virus-induced NF-kappaB activity and the inhibition of tumor necrosis factor alpha and etoposide-induced NF-kappaB activation in infected cells. Reovirus-induced inhibition of NF-kappaB activation occurs by a mechanism that prevents IkappaBalpha degradation and that is blocked in the presence of the viral RNA synthesis inhibitor, ribavirin. Reovirus-induced apoptosis is mediated by tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) in a variety of epithelial cell lines. Herein we show that ribavirin inhibits reovirus-induced apoptosis in TRAIL-resistant HEK293 cells and prevents the ability of reovirus infection to sensitize TRAIL-resistant cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Furthermore, TRAIL-induced apoptosis is enhanced in HEK293 cells expressing IkappaBDeltaN2, which blocks NF-kappaB activation. These results indicate that the ability of reovirus to inhibit NF-kappaB activation sensitizes HEK293 cells to TRAIL and facilitates virus-induced apoptosis in TRAIL-resistant cells. Our findings demonstrate that two distinct phases of virus-induced NF-kappaB regulation are required to efficiently activate host cell apoptotic responses to reovirus infection.