Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from Virology Journal and BioMed Central.

Open Access Open Badges Research

HeLa cell response proteome alterations induced by mammalian reovirus T3D infection

Kevin M Coombs

Author Affiliations

Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9, Canada

Manitoba Center for Proteomics and Systems Biology, University of Manitoba, Room 799 John Buhler Research Centre, 715 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4, Canada

Manitoba Institute of Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4, Canada

Virology Journal 2013, 10:202  doi:10.1186/1743-422X-10-202

Published: 21 June 2013



Cells are exposed to multiple stressors that induce significant alterations in signaling pathways and in the cellular state. As obligate parasites, all viruses require host cell material and machinery for replication. Virus infection is a major stressor leading to numerous induced modifications. Previous gene array studies have measured infected cellular transcriptomes. More recently, mass spectrometry-based quantitative and comparative assays have been used to complement such studies by examining virus-induced alterations in the cellular proteome.


We used SILAC (stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture), a non-biased quantitative proteomic labeling technique, combined with 2-D HPLC/mass spectrometry and reciprocal labeling to identify and measure relative quantitative differences in HeLa cell proteins in purified cytosolic and nuclear fractions after reovirus serotype 3 Dearing infection. Protein regulation was determined by z-score analysis of each protein’s label distribution.


A total of 2856 cellular proteins were identified in cytosolic fractions by 2 or more peptides at >99% confidence and 884 proteins were identified in nuclear fractions. Gene ontology analyses indicated up-regulated host proteins were associated with defense responses, immune responses, macromolecular binding, regulation of immune effector processes, and responses to virus, whereas down-regulated proteins were involved in cell death, macromolecular catabolic processes, and tissue development.


These analyses identified numerous host proteins significantly affected by reovirus T3D infection. These proteins map to numerous inflammatory and innate immune pathways, and provide the starting point for more detailed kinetic studies and delineation of virus-modulated host signaling pathways.

RNA virus; Virus infection; Host cell alterations; Proteomics; Mass spectrometry; Liquid chromatography; Bioinformatics