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Identification of genotype 4 Hepatitis E virus binding proteins on swine liver cells

Wen Zhang12, Xiuguo Hua1, Quan Shen2, Shixing Yang1, Hong Yin3 and Li Cui1*

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1 School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai JiaoTong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China

2 School of Medical Science and Laboratory Medicine, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013, China

3 State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lanzhou, Gansu 730046, China

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Virology Journal 2011, 8:482  doi:10.1186/1743-422X-8-482

Published: 27 October 2011


Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a zoonotic pathogen of which several species of animal were reported as reservoirs. Swine stands out as the major reservoir for HEV infection in humans, as suggested by the close genetic relationship of swine and human virus and cross-species infection of HEV. Up to now, the mechanism of cross-species infection of HEV from swine to humans is still unclear. This study sought to identify receptor element for genotype 4 HEV on swine liver cells using the viral overlay protein binding assay (VOPBA) technique and Mass Spectrometry fingerprinting. A single virus binding band with natural molecular weight about 55 kDa was observed, and mass spectrometry revealed that this virus binding band contained 31 different proteins. Infection inhibition assay suggested that this 55 kDa protein could prevent HEV from infecting its susceptible A549 cell line, which was further confirmed by the HEV genome detecting in the inoculated cells. Further research should be performed to elucidate the accurate receptor of HEV on the swine liver cells.

Hepatitis E virus; Receptor; VOPBA; Mass Spectrometry Fingerprinting