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J Gen Virol. 2012 Feb;93(Pt 2):267-74. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.036780-0. Epub 2011 Oct 12.

Analysis of subcellular G3BP redistribution during rubella virus infection.

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Georgia State University, Department of Biology, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA.


Rubella virus (RUBV) replicates slowly and to low titre in vertebrate cultured cells, with minimal cytopathology. To determine whether a cellular stress response is induced during such an infection, the formation of Ras-GAP-SH3 domain-binding protein (G3BP)-containing stress granules (SGs) in RUBV-infected cells was examined. Late in infection, accumulation of G3BP granules was detected, albeit in fewer than half of infected cells. Active virus RNA replication was required for induction of these granules, but they were found to differ from SGs induced by arsenite treatment both in composition (they did not uniformly contain other SG proteins, such as PABP and TIA-1) and in resistance to cycloheximide treatment. Thus, bona fide SGs do not appear to be induced during RUBV infection. The distribution of G3BP, either on its own or in granules, did not overlap with that of dsRNA-containing replication complexes, indicating that it played no role in virus RNA synthesis. However, G3BP did co-localize with viral ssRNAs in perinuclear clusters, suggesting an interaction that could possibly be important in a post-replicative role in virus replication, such as encapsidation.

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