DAO 85:23-30 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02050

White spot syndrome virus VP37 interacts with VP28 and VP26

Qing-Hui Liu1,*, Cui-Yan Ma1,2, Wen-Bo Chen1,3, Xiu-Li Zhang1,4, Yan Liang1, Shuang-Lin Dong2, Jie Huang1,**

1Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, No.106 Nanjing Road, Qingdao 266071, PR China
2Oceanic University of China, No. 5 Yu Shan Road, Qingdao, PR China
3Liao Ning Normal University, DaLian, PR China
4Scientific and Technology University of Qingdao, Qingdao, PR China
Corresponding authors. Email: *,**

ABSTRACT: White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is one of the most virulent pathogens affecting penaeid shrimp, causing high mortality in infected populations. Interactions between virus structural proteins are likely to be important for virus assembly. Many steps of the WSSV assembly and maturation pathway remain unclear. In the present study, the interaction between VP37 and envelope or nucleocapsid proteins was characterized. VP37 was expressed in Escherichia coli and confirmed by Western blotting. Pure WSSV virions were subjected to Triton X-100 treatment to separate the envelope and nucleocapsid fractions. Overlay assays showed that VP37 interacted with VP28 and VP26. The interaction of VP37 with VP28 and VP26 was confirmed further by His pull-down and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrographic assays. The binding assay of VP37 with VP28 by ELISA confirmed that the 2 proteins had direct interaction in vivo. This discovery will help elucidate the molecular mechanisms of virion morphogenesis.


KEY WORDS: White spot syndrome virus · VP37 · Virus protein interaction


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Cite this article as: Liu QH, Ma CY, Chen WB, Zhang XL, Liang Y, Dong SL, Huang J (2009) White spot syndrome virus VP37 interacts with VP28 and VP26. Dis Aquat Org 85:23-30. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02050

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