Identification of a role for nucleolin in rabies virus infection

Sibil Oksayan, Jovan Nikolic, C. T. David, Danielle Blondel, David A Jans, Gregory W Moseley

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Rabies virus replicates in the cytoplasm of host cells, but rabies virus phosphoprotein (P-protein) undergoes active nucleocytoplasmic trafficking. Here we show that the largely nuclear P-protein isoform P3 can localise to nucleoli, and forms specific interactions with nucleolin. Importantly, depletion of nucleolin expression inhibits viral protein expression and infectious virus production by infected cells. This provides the first evidence that lyssaviruses interact with nucleolin, and that nucleolin is important to lyssavirus infection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1939 - 1943
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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