The CD225 Domain of IFITM3 is Required for both IFITM Protein Association and Inhibition of Influenza A Virus and Dengue Virus Replication
Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems
Membrane Proteins; RNA-Binding Proteins; Antigens, Differentiation; Influenza A virus; Dengue Virus; Virus Replication
Immunology and Infectious Disease | Microbiology | Virology
IFITM3 is an interferon stimulated gene which inhibits the replication of multiple pathogenic viruses in vitro and in vivo. IFITM3 is a member of a large protein super family, whose members share a functionally-undefined area of high amino acid conservation, the CD225 domain. We performed mutational analyses of IFITM3 and identified multiple residues within the CD225 domain, consisting of the first intramembrane domain (IM1) and a conserved intracellular loop (CIL), that are required for restriction of both influenza A virus (IAV) and dengue virus (DENV) infection in vitro. Two phenylalanines within IM1 (F75 and F78) also mediate a physical association between IFITM proteins, and the loss of this interaction decreases IFITM3-mediated restriction. By extension, similar IM1-mediated associations may contribute to the functions of additional members of the CD225 domain family. IFITM3's distal N-terminal domain is also needed for full anti-viral activity, including a tyrosine (Y20), whose alteration results in mislocalization of a portion of IFITM3 to the cell periphery and surface. Comparative analyses demonstrate that similar molecular determinants are needed for IFITM3's restriction of both IAV and DENV. However, a portion of the CIL including Y99 and R87 is preferentially needed for inhibition of the orthomyxovirus. Several IFITM3 proteins engineered with rare single nucleotide polymorphisms demonstrated reduced expression or mislocalization, and these events were associated with enhanced viral replication in vitro, suggesting that possessing such alleles may impact an individual's risk for viral infection. Based on this and other data, we propose a model for IFITM3-mediated restriction.
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Citation: J Virol. 2013 May 8. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of virology
John, Sinu P.; Chin, Christopher R.; Perreira, Jill; Feeley, Eric M.; Aker, Aaron; Savidis, George; Smith, Sarah E.; Elia, Andrew E. H.; Everitt, Aaron R.; Vora, Mehul; Pertel, Thomas; Elledge, Stephen J.; Kellam, Paul; and Brass, Abraham L., "The CD225 Domain of IFITM3 is Required for both IFITM Protein Association and Inhibition of Influenza A Virus and Dengue Virus Replication" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 26.