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Regulation of heat shock proteins by hepatitis C virus

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Ana Claudia Silva Braga
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Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São José do Rio Preto. 2017-09-01.
Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências Letras e Ciências Exatas. São José do Rio Preto
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Advisor: Paula Rahal; Bruno Moreira Carneiro

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes Hepatitis C disease and it is estimated that about 3% of world population are infected with the virus. HCV infection promotes alteration in the expression of several cellular proteins. Studies have shown that many heat shock proteins (HSPs) have an altered expression profile in the presence of the virus and some HSPs interact directly with HCV proteins. Thus, the present study aimed to evaluate in vitro the expression levels of heat shock proteins in the presence and absence of HCV. With this purpose, human hepatoma Huh7.5 cells and Huh7.5 cells infected with the virus (HCV JFH-1) were subjected to RNA extraction and cDNA synthesis. The differential expression of 84 HSPs and chaperones was assessed by qPCR Array. The results demonstrate that five genes showed increased expression (over Log2 2), while five other presented reduced expression. To validate these results, the 10 differentially expressed genes were tested by real-time PCR in three different HCV cell culture models: subgenomic HCV replicon cells (SGR-JFH-1), JFH-1 infected cells (both genotype 2a) and subgenomic S52 cells (genotype 3). The HSPB8 gene showed increased expression in all of three tested models, consistent with qPCR Array results. Then we promoted the silencing of HSPB8 and observed an increase in viral replication. In contrast, when we increased an expression of HSPB8, HCV had a decrease in replication rate. The same procedure was adopted for the DNAJC5B, validated in the viral model genotype 3, and HCV showed replication pattern similar to that observed for the previous gene. These results suggest that HSPB8 may act as an intracellular factor against hepatitis C virus replication and DNAJC5B have the same function, but genotype 3 specific. We also evaluated direct interactions with HCV proteins and the results demonstrated a physical interaction between the HCV NS4B protein with HSPB8. These results can contribute for a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in HCV replication. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/17253-9 - Regulating the expression of heat shock proteins by hepatitis C virus
Grantee:Ana Cláudia Silva Braga
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate