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Virology. 2005 Jun 5;336(2):274-90.

African green monkey kidney Vero cells require de novo protein synthesis for efficient herpes simplex virus 1-dependent apoptosis.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, USA.


During HSV-1 infection, IE gene expression triggers apoptosis, but subsequent synthesis of infected cell proteins blocks apoptotic death from ensuing. This "HSV-1-dependent" apoptosis was identified in HEp-2/HeLa cells infected with wild-type HSV-1 in the presence of an inhibitor of protein synthesis or a virus lacking ICP27 {HSV-1(vBSDelta27)}. Unlike HEp-2/HeLa cells, vBSDelta27-infected Vero cells fail to exhibit dramatic apoptotic morphologies at times prior to 24 hpi. Here, we examined the basis of these different apoptotic responses to HSV-1. We found that infected Vero cells take substantially longer than HEp-2/HeLa cells to display membrane blebbing, chromatin condensation, DNA laddering, and PARP cleavage. Vero, but not HEp-2/HeLa, cells required de novo protein synthesis to exhibit efficient HSV-1-dependent apoptosis, which included changes in mitochondrial membrane potential, and these factors were produced prior to 3 hpi. Vero cells infected with recombinant viruses devoid of the ICP27 and ICP4 proteins alone or both the ICP27 and ICP22 proteins were apoptotic. These results indicate a requirement for cellular or other viral protein synthesis in Vero cells and provide insight into cell type differences in HSV-1-dependent apoptosis.

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