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Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) TNFR homolog VP51 functions as a virulence factor via modulating host inflammation response

Virus encoded tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) homologues are usually involved in immune evasion by regulating host immune response or cell death. Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) is a novel ranavirus which causes great economic losses in aquaculture industry. Previous studies demonstrated that SGIV VP51, a TNFR-like protein regulated apoptotic process in VP51 overexpression cells. Here, we developed a VP51-deleted recombinant virus Δ51-SGIV by replacing VP51 with puroR-GFP. Deletion of VP51 resulted in the decrease of SGIV virulence, evidenced by the reduced replication in vitro and the decreased cumulative mortalities in Δ51-SGIV challenged grouper compared to WT-SGIV. Moreover, VP51 deletion significantly increased virus induced apoptosis, and reduced the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in vitro. In addition, the expression of several pro-inflammatory genes were decreased in Δ51-SGIV infected grouper compared to WT-SGIV. Thus, we speculate that SGIV VP51 functions as a critical virulence factor via regulating host cell apoptosis and inflammation response.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0042682217302027

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