Inhibition of Vpx-mediated SAMHD1 and Vpr-mediated host helicase transcription factor degradation by selective disruption of viral CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ubiquitin ligase assembly

Hong Wang, Haoran Guo, Jiaming Su, Yajuan Rui, Wenwen Zheng, Wenying Gao, Wenyan Zhang, Zhaolong Li, Guanchen Liu, Richard Bryan Markham, Wei Wei, Xiao Fang Yu

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Abstract

The lentiviral accessory proteins Vpx and Vpr are known to utilize CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase to induce the degradation of the host restriction factor SAMHD1 or host helicase transcription factor (HLTF), respectively. Selective disruption of viral CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase could be a promising antiviral strategy. Recently, we have determined that posttranslational modification (neddylation) of Cullin-4 is required for the activation of Vpx-CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase. However, the mechanism of Vpx/Vpr- CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase assembly is still poorly understood. Here, we report that zinc coordination is an important regulator of Vpx-CRL4 E3 ligase assembly. Residues in a conserved zinc-binding motif of Vpx were essential for the recruitment of the CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 complex and Vpx-induced SAMHD1 degradation. Importantly, altering the intracellular zinc concentration by treatment with the zinc chelator N,N,N=-tetrakis- (2=-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN) potently blocked Vpx-mediated SAMHD1 degradation and inhibited wild-type SIVmac (simian immunodeficiency virus of macaques) infection of myeloid cells, even in the presence of Vpx. TPEN selectively inhibited Vpx and DCAF1 binding but not the Vpx-SAMHD1 interaction or Vpx virion packaging. Moreover, we have shown that zinc coordination is also important for the assembly of the HIV-1 Vpr-CRL4 E3 ligase. In particular, Vpr zinc-binding motif mutation or TPEN treatment efficiently inhibited Vpr-CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase assembly and Vpr-mediated HLTF degradation or Vpr-induced G2 cell cycle arrest. Collectively, our study sheds light on a conserved strategy by the viral proteins Vpx and Vpr to recruit host CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase, which represents a target for novel antihuman immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00225-17
JournalJournal of Virology
Volume91
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Cell cycle arrest
  • CRL4 (DCAF1) E3 ligase
  • Vpr
  • Vpx
  • Zinc binding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Virology

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