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          Institute: MPI für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik     Collection: MPI-CBG Publications 2015 (arch)     Display Documents

ID: 717970.0, MPI für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik / MPI-CBG Publications 2015 (arch)
Selective inactivation of USP18 isopeptidase activity in vivo enhances ISG15 conjugation and viral resistance.
Authors:Ketscher, Lars; Hannß, Ronny; Morales, David J; Basters, Anja; Guerra, Susana; Goldmann, Tobias; Hausmann, Annika; Prinz, Marco; Naumann, Ronald; Pekosz, Andrew; Utermöhlen, Olaf; Lenschow, Deborah J; Knobeloch, Klaus-Peter
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2015
Title of Journal:Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue / Number:5
Start Page:1577
End Page:1582
Copyright:not available
Audience:Experts Only
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Protein modification by the ubiquitin-like protein ISG15 is an interferon (IFN) effector system, which plays a major role in antiviral defense. ISG15 modification is counteracted by the isopeptidase USP18, a major negative regulator of IFN signaling, which was also shown to exert its regulatory function in an isopeptidase-independent manner. To dissect enzymatic and nonenzymatic functions of USP18 in vivo, we generated knock-in mice (USP18(C61A/C61A)) expressing enzymatically inactive USP18. USP18(C61A/C61A) mice displayed increased levels of ISG15 conjugates, validating that USP18 is a major ISG15 isopeptidase in vivo. Unlike USP18(-/-) mice, USP18(C61A/C61A) animals did not exhibit morphological abnormalities, fatal IFN hypersensitivity, or increased lethality, clearly showing that major USP18 functions are unrelated to its protease activity. Strikingly, elevated ISGylation in USP18(C61A/C61A) mice was accompanied by increased viral resistance against vaccinia virus and influenza B virus infections. Enhanced resistance upon influenza B infection in USP18(C61A/C61A) mice was completely reversed in USP18(C61A/C61A) mice, which additionally lack ISG15, providing evidence that the observed reduction in viral titers is ISG15 dependent. These results suggest that increasing ISGylation by specific inhibition of USP18 protease activity could constitute a promising antiviral strategy with only a minimal risk of severe adverse effects.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Thüm
Affiliations:MPI für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik
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