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Abstract

Viperin is a type-I and -II interferon-inducible intracytoplasmic protein that mediates antiviral activity against several viruses. A previous study has reported that viperin could limit hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication . However, the underlying mechanism remains elusive. In the present study, we found that overexpression of viperin could inhibit HCV replication in a dose-dependent manner in both the replicon and HCVcc systems. Furthermore, through co-immunoprecipitation and laser confocal microscopic analysis, viperin was found to interact with the host protein hVAP-33. Mutagenesis analysis demonstrated that the anti-HCV activity of viperin was located to its C terminus, which was required for the interaction with the C-terminal domain of hVAP-33. Competitive co-immunoprecipitation analysis showed that viperin could interact competitively with hVAP-33, and could therefore interfere with its interactions with HCV NS5A. In summary, these findings suggest a novel mechanism by which viperin inhibits HCV replication, possibly through binding to host protein hVAP-33 and interfering with its interaction with NS5A.

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