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    Publication Date: 2016-03-18
    Description: Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis B virus encodes the regulatory HBx protein whose primary role is to promote transcription of the viral genome, which persists as an extrachromosomal DNA circle in infected cells. HBx accomplishes this task by an unusual mechanism, enhancing transcription only from extrachromosomal DNA templates. Here we show that HBx achieves this by hijacking the cellular DDB1-containing E3 ubiquitin ligase to target the 'structural maintenance of chromosomes' (Smc) complex Smc5/6 for degradation. Blocking this event inhibits the stimulatory effect of HBx both on extrachromosomal reporter genes and on hepatitis B virus transcription. Conversely, silencing the Smc5/6 complex enhances extrachromosomal reporter gene transcription in the absence of HBx, restores replication of an HBx-deficient hepatitis B virus, and rescues wild-type hepatitis B virus in a DDB1-knockdown background. The Smc5/6 complex associates with extrachromosomal reporters and the hepatitis B virus genome, suggesting a direct mechanism of transcriptional inhibition. These results uncover a novel role for the Smc5/6 complex as a restriction factor selectively blocking extrachromosomal DNA transcription. By destroying this complex, HBx relieves the inhibition to allow productive hepatitis B virus gene expression.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Decorsiere, Adrien -- Mueller, Henrik -- van Breugel, Pieter C -- Abdul, Fabien -- Gerossier, Laetitia -- Beran, Rudolf K -- Livingston, Christine M -- Niu, Congrong -- Fletcher, Simon P -- Hantz, Olivier -- Strubin, Michel -- England -- Nature. 2016 Mar 17;531(7594):386-9. doi: 10.1038/nature17170.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, University Medical Centre (C.M.U.), Rue Michel-Servet 1, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland. ; CRCL, INSERM U1052, CNRS 5286, Universite de Lyon, 151, Cours A Thomas, 69424 Lyon Cedex, France. ; Gilead Sciences, Inc., 333 Lakeside Drive, Foster City, California 94404, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Animals ; Cell Cycle Proteins/*metabolism ; Cell Line, Tumor ; DNA, Viral/genetics/metabolism ; Genes, Reporter ; Genome, Viral/genetics ; Hepatitis B/virology ; Hepatitis B virus/genetics/*physiology ; Hepatocytes/virology ; *Host Specificity ; Humans ; Liver/metabolism/virology ; Male ; Mice ; Plasmids/genetics/metabolism ; Protein Binding ; Proteolysis ; Trans-Activators/*metabolism ; Transcription, Genetic ; Ubiquitin/metabolism ; Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases/metabolism ; Virus Replication
    Print ISSN: 0028-0836
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-4687
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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