Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are a large family of DNA viruses that include more than 100 genotypes divided into seven species (A to G) and induce respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis, and conjunctivitis. Genetically modified adenoviruses are also used as vaccines, gene therapies, and anticancer treatments. The APOBEC3s are a family of cytidine deaminases that restrict viruses by introducing mutations in their genomes. Viruses developed different strategies to cope with the APOBEC3 selection pressure, but nothing is known on the interplay between the APOBEC3s and the HAdVs. In this study, we focused on three HAdV strains: the B3 and C2 strains, as they are very frequent, and the A12 strain, which is less common but is oncogenic in animal models. We demonstrated that the three HAdV strains induce a similar APOBEC3B upregulation at the transcriptional level. At the protein level, however, APOBEC3B is abundantly expressed during HAdV-A12 and -C2 infection and shows a nuclear distribution. On the contrary, APOBEC3B is barely detectable in HAdV-B3-infected cells. APOBEC3B deaminase activity is detected in total protein extracts upon HAdV-A12 and -C2 infection. Bioinformatic analysis demonstrates that the HAdV-A12 genome bears a stronger APOBEC3 evolutionary footprint than that of the HAdV-C2 and HAdV-B3 genomes. Our results show that HAdV infection triggers the transcriptional upregulation of the antiviral innate effector APOBEC3B. The discrepancies between the APOBEC3B mRNA and protein levels might reflect the ability of some HAdV strains to antagonize the APOBEC3B protein. These findings point toward an involvement of APOBEC3B in HAdV restriction and evolution.
|Journal||Journal of Virology|
|Early online date||14 Apr 2021|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2021|
- Cytidine deaminase
- Innate immunity