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Impact of human cytomegalovirus on glioblastoma cell viability and chemotherapy treatment

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dos Santos, Claudia Januario [1] ; Ferreira Castro, Fabiane Lucy [1] ; de Aguiar, Rodrigo Barbosa [2] ; Menezes, Isabela Godoy [1] ; Santos, Ana Carolina [1] ; Paulus, Christina [3] ; Neyels, Michael [3] ; Callan da Silva, Maria Cristina [1]
Total Authors: 8
[1] UFABC, Ctr Nat & Humanities Sci, Fed Univ ABC, Sec Bernardo Do Campo - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ Sao Paulo UNIFESP, Paulista Med Sch, Dept Biophys, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ St Andrews, Biomed Sci Res Complex, St Andrews, Fife - Scotland
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF GENERAL VIROLOGY; v. 99, n. 9, p. 1274-1285, SEP 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 2

The relationship between human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and tumours has been extensively investigated, mainly in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant tumour of the central nervous system with low overall survival rates. Several reports have demonstrated the presence of HCMV in GBM, although typically restricted to a low number of cells, and studies have indicated that viral proteins have the ability to dysregulate cellular processes and increase tumour malignancy. Treatment of GBM involves the use of the chemotherapeutic agents temozolomide (TMZ) and carmustine (bischloroethylnitrosourea, BCNU), which lead to the attachment of adducts to the DNA backbone, causing errors during replication and consequent cell death. It is known that HCMV infection can modulate DNA repair pathways, but what effects the virus may exhibit during chemotherapy are unknown. Here we approach this question by analysing HCMV infection and viral protein accumulation in GBM cell lines with different genotypes and their response to TMZ and BCNU in the presence of the virus. We demonstrate that A172, TP365MG and U251 MG GBM cells are efficiently infected by both low-passage (TB40E) and high-passage (AD169) HCMV strains. However, the GBM cell lines vary widely in their permissiveness to viral gene expression and exhibit very different patterns of immediate early, early and late protein accumulation. HCMV reduces the viability of permissive GBM cells in a multiplicity-dependent manner in both the absence and presence of TMZ or BNCU. In sum, we demonstrate that GBM cell lines are equally susceptible but differentially permissive to infection by both low- and high-passage strains of HCMV. This observation not only indicates that viral replication is largely controlled by cellular factors in this system, but also provides a possible explanation for why viral gene products are only found in a subset of cells in GBM tumours. Furthermore, we conclude that the virus does not confer increased resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs in various GBM cell lines, but instead reduces tumour cell viability. These results highlight that the oncomodulatory potential of HCMV is not limited to cancer-promoting activities, but also includes adverse effects on tumour cell proliferation or survival. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/19925-2 - Investigation of the expression and activity of kallikreins during HCMV infection in tumoral cells
Grantee:Maria Cristina Carlan da Silva
Support type: Regular Research Grants