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The Journal of general virology

Reduction of infection by inhibiting mTOR pathway is associated with reversed repression of type I interferon by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.


PMID 28613152

Abstract

Type I interferons (IFNs) are critical in animal antiviral regulation. IFN-mediated signalling regulates hundreds of genes that are directly associated with antiviral, immune and other physiological responses. The signalling pathway mediated by mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), a serine/threonine kinase regulated by IFNs, is key in regulation of cellular metabolism and was recently implicated in host antiviral responses. However, little is known about how animal type I IFN signalling coordinates immunometabolic reactions during antiviral defence. Here, using porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), we found that the genes in the mTOR signalling pathway were differently regulated in PRRSV-infected porcine alveolar macrophages at different activation statuses. Moreover, mTOR signalling regulated PRRSV infection in MARC-145 and primary porcine cells, in part, through modulating the production and signalling of type I IFNs. Taken together, we determined that the mTOR signalling pathway involves PRRSV infection and regulates expression and signalling of type I IFNs against viral infection. These findings suggest that the mTOR signalling pathway has a bi-directional loop with the type I IFN system and imply that some components in the mTOR signalling pathway can be utilized as targets for studying antiviral immunity and for designing therapeutic reagents.