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  • 1.
    Asghar, Naveed
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi. Örebro universitet.
    Lee, Yi-Ping
    Umeå universitet.
    Nilsson, Emma
    Umeå universitet.
    Lindqvist, Rickard
    Umeå universitet.
    Melik, Wessam
    Örebro universitet.
    Kröger, Andrea
    6Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany / University of Magdeburg, Magdenbrug, Germany.
    Överby, Anna K.
    Umeå universitet.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Örebro universitet.
    The role of the poly(A) tract in the replication and virulence of tick-borne encephalitis virus2016Ingår i: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, nr 6, artikel-id 39265Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is a flavivirus transmitted to humans, usually via tick bites. The virus causes tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in humans, and symptoms range from mild flu-like symptoms to severe and long-lasting sequelae, including permanent brain damage. It has been suggested that within the population of viruses transmitted to the mammalian host, quasispecies with neurotropic properties might become dominant in the host resulting in neurological symptoms. We previously demonstrated the existence of TBEV variants with variable poly(A) tracts within a single blood-fed tick. To characterize the role of the poly(A) tract in TBEV replication and virulence, we generated infectious clones of Torö-2003 with the wild-type (A)3C(A)6 sequence (Torö-6A) or with a modified (A)3C(A)38 sequence (Torö-38A). Torö-38A replicated poorly compared to Torö-6A in cell culture, but Torö-38A was more virulent than Torö-6A in a mouse model of TBE. Next-generation sequencing of TBEV genomes after passaging in cell culture and/or mouse brain revealed mutations in specific genomic regions and the presence of quasispecies that might contribute to the observed differences in virulence. These data suggest a role for quasispecies development within the poly(A) tract as a virulence determinant for TBEV in mice.

  • 2.
    Asghar, Naveed
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi.
    Lindblom, Pontus
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi.
    Lindqvist, Richard
    Haglund, Mats
    Forsberg, Pia
    Overby, Anna K
    Andreassen, Ashild
    Lindgren, Per-Eric
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi. Örebro University.
    Tick-borne encephalitis virus sequenced directly from questing and blood-feeding ticks reveals quasispecies variance.2014Ingår i: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, nr 7, artikel-id e103264Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The increased distribution of the tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) in Scandinavia highlights the importance of characterizing novel sequences within the natural foci. In this study, two TBEV strains: the Norwegian Mandal 2009 (questing nymphs pool) and the Swedish Saringe 2009 (blood-fed nymph) were sequenced and phylogenetically characterized. Interestingly, the sequence of Mandal 2009 revealed the shorter form of the TBEV genome, similar to the highly virulent Hypr strain, within the 3' non-coding region (3'NCR). A different genomic structure was found in the 3'NCR of Saringe 2009, as in-depth analysis demonstrated TBEV variants with different lengths within the poly(A) tract. This shows that TBEV quasispecies exists in nature and indicates a putative shift in the quasispecies pool when the virus switches between invertebrate and vertebrate environments. This prompted us to further sequence and analyze the 3'NCRs of additional Scandinavian TBEV strains and control strains, Hypr and Neudoerfl. Toro 2003 and Habo 2011 contained mainly a short (A)3C(A)6 poly(A) tract. A similar pattern was observed for the human TBEV isolates 1993/783 and 1991/4944; however, one clone of 1991/4944 contained an (A)3C(A)11 poly(A) sequence, demonstrating that quasispecies with longer poly(A) could be present in human isolates. Neudoerfl has previously been reported to contain a poly(A) region, but to our surprise the re-sequenced genome contained two major quasispecies variants, both lacking the poly(A) tract. We speculate that the observed differences are important factors for the understanding of virulence, spread, and control of the TBEV.

  • 3.
    Bertrand, Yann
    et al.
    Göteborg University.
    Töpel, Mats
    Göteborg University.
    Elväng, Annelie
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Internationell hälsa.
    First Dating of a Recombination Event in Mammalian Tick-Borne Flaviviruses2012Ingår i: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 7, nr 2, s. e31981-Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The mammalian tick-borne flavivirus group (MTBFG) contains viruses associated with important human and animal diseases such as encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever. In contrast to mosquito-borne flaviviruses where recombination events are frequent, the evolutionary dynamic within the MTBFG was believed to be essentially clonal. This assumption was challenged with the recent report of several homologous recombinations within the Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). We performed a thorough analysis of publicly available genomes in this group and found no compelling evidence for the previously identified recombinations. However, our results show for the first time that demonstrable recombination (i.e., with large statistical support and strong phylogenetic evidences) has occurred in the MTBFG, more specifically within the Louping ill virus lineage. Putative parents, recombinant strains and breakpoints were further tested for statistical significance using phylogenetic methods. We investigated the time of divergence between the recombinant and parental strains in a Bayesian framework. The recombination was estimated to have occurred during a window of 282 to 76 years before the present. By unravelling the temporal setting of the event, we adduce hypotheses about the ecological conditions that could account for the observed recombination.

  • 4.
    Ellencrona, Ellen
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper.
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper.
    Novel PDZ dependent cell associations of the NS5 proteins of Tick-borne encephalitis virus and West-Nile virusManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 5.
    Elväng, Annelie
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Bertrand, Yann
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Lönn, Mikael
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Biologi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Miljövetenskap.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Internationell hälsa.
    Sequencing of a Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus from Ixodes ricinus Reveals a Thermosensitive RNA Switch Significant for Virus Propagation in Ectothermic Arthropods.2011Ingår i: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, ISSN 1530-3667, E-ISSN 1557-7759, Vol. 11, nr 6, s. 649-658Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is a flavivirus with major impact on global health. The geographical TBEV distribution is expanding, thus making it pivotal to further characterize the natural virus populations. In this study, we completed the earlier partial sequencing of a TBEV pulled out of a pool of RNA extracted from 115 ticks collected on Torö in the Stockholm archipelago. The total RNA was sufficient for all sequencing of a TBEV genome (Torö-2003), without conventional enrichment procedures such as cell culturing or suckling mice amplification. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the genome of TBEV has been sequenced directly from an arthropod reservoir. The Torö-2003 sequence has been characterized and compared with other TBE viruses. In silico analyses of secondary RNA structures formed by the two untranslated regions revealed a temperature-sensitive structural shift between a closed replicative form and an open AUG accessible form, analogous to a recently described bacterial thermoswitch. Additionally, novel phylogenetic conserved structures were identified in the variable part of the 3'-untranslated region, and their sequence and structure similarity when compared with earlier identified structures suggests an enhancing function on virus replication and translation. We propose that the thermo-switch mechanism may explain the low TBEV prevalence often observed in environmentally sampled ticks. Finally, we were able to detect variations that help in the understanding of virus adaptations to varied environmental temperatures and mammalian hosts through a comparative approach that compares RNA folding dynamics between strains with different mammalian cell passage histories.

  • 6.
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Molecular characterization of the Tick-borne encephalitis virus: Environments and replication2012Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The flavivirus genus is of major concern for world morbidity and mortality and includes viruses causing both encephalitic as well as hemorrhagic diseases. The incidence of Tick-borne encephalitis is increasing in many European countries and several reports have emphasized the expansion of the main vector, Ixodes ricinus. The pattern of vector distribution is also changing in Sweden, which makes it important to set up solid and successful strategies for detection and genetic characterization of novel Swedish TBEV strains.

    In this study we have generated strategies for detection of broad types of tick-borne flaviviruses in pools of I. ricinus sampled in Sweden.

    The positive collection on the island of Torö was used to generate a sequence of a complete TBEV genome straight from the arthropod reservoir. This cloned virus was used to construct a self-replicating DNA based sub-genomic TBEV replicon capable of expressing reporter genes. The replicon was used to study the effect of TBEV on neurite outgrowth, which revealed that the MTase domain of NS5 block the formation of the Scribble/Rac1/βPIX protein complex, impairing neurite outgrowth in neuronal growth factor induced PC12 cells.

    We also demonstrate that TBEV replication is affected by two PDZ binding motifs within NS5 and reveal putative PDZ binding proteins. These interactions might affect cellular pathways and might have a role in flavivirus replication.

    We also characterize the variable 3´ non-coding region (V3’-NCR) by in silico studies on TBEV. Analysis brings new evidence that V3’-NCR region carries an enhancer element important for different replication/translation dynamics during the viral lifecycle in mammalian and tick cells. We also propose a temperature-sensitive trans-acting riboswitch mechanism; altering the secondary RNA structures of a closed form at lower temperatures and a form open for translation at higher temperatures. This mechanism may explain the low TBEV level observed in sampled ticks.

  • 7.
    Melik, Wessam
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi.
    Ellencrona, Karin
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper.
    Wigerius, Michael
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi.
    Elväng, Annelie
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Hedström, Chister
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Internationell hälsa. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi.
    Two PDZ binding motifs within NS5 have roles in Tick-borne encephalitis virus replication2012Ingår i: Virus Research, ISSN 0168-1702, E-ISSN 1872-7492, Vol. 169, nr 1, s. 54-62Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The flavivirus genus includes important human pathogens like Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), Dengue virus (DV) and West-Nile virus (WNV), that can cause severe disease e.g. encephalitis or hemorrhagic fever. The NS5 protein is a multifunctional RNA dependent RNA polymerase indispensable for the flavivirus replication. We have previously shown that TBEVNS5 contains a unique internal PDZ binding motif (YS223) for specific targeting of the PDZ protein Scribble. This interaction has impact on both viral down regulation of host cellular defense systems and neurite outgrowth. Putative C-terminal PDZ binding motifs present in TBEVNS5 (-SII903) and WNVNS5 (-TVL905) have also previously been highlighted.

    To determine whether the PDZ binding motifs of TBEVNS5 has an effect on virus replication we constructed a DNA based sub-genomic TBEV replicon expressing firefly luciferase. The motifs within NS5 were mutated individually and in concert and the replicons were assayed in cell culture. Our results show that the replication rate was impaired in all mutants, which indicates that PDZ dependent host interactions influence flavivirus replication.We also find that the C-terminal PDZ binding motif present in TBEVNS5 and WNVNS5 are targeting various human PDZ domain proteins. TBEVNS5 has high affinity to Zonulaoccludens-2 (ZO-2),GIAP C-terminus interacting protein (GIPC), Calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine protein kinase (CASK) and Interleukin 16 (IL-16).A different pattern was observed for WNVNS5 as it associated with IL-16, and several other putative interaction partners.

  • 8.
    Melik, Wessam
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper. Stockholm University.
    Nilsson, A S
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper.
    Detection strategies of tick-borne encephalitis virus in Swedish Ixodes ricinus reveal evolutionary characteristics of emerging tick-borne flaviviruses.2007Ingår i: Archives of Virology, ISSN 0304-8608, E-ISSN 1432-8798, Vol. 152, nr 5, s. 1027-1034Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The flaviviral tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is a human pathogen having significant impact on public health. The geographical distribution of TBEV and TBEV-like viruses is increasing, which makes it important to characterise the natural virus populations. Here we present four RT-PCR strategies designed for detection of broad types of tick-borne flaviviruses. Sequence information on more than 32% of a TBEV genome was generated from a small pool of ticks collected in the Stockholm archipelago on the island of Torö. The sequences were characterised and compared with those of other tick-borne flaviviruses, which classified the virus as Western European TBEV.

  • 9.
    Wigerius, Michael
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi. Dalhousie University.
    Asghar, Naveed
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi.
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik, Biologi. Örebro university.
    Scribble controls NGF-mediated neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells2013Ingår i: European Journal of Cell Biology, ISSN 0171-9335, E-ISSN 1618-1298, Vol. 92, nr 6-7, s. 213-221Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Neurite outgrowth is mediated by dynamic changes of the cytoskeleton and is largely controlled by Rho GTPases and their regulators. Here, we show that the polarity protein Scribble controls PC12 cell neurite outgrowth in response to nerve growth factor. Scribble knockdown decreases neurite numbers and increases neurite length. This effect is linked to TrkA the cognate receptor for NGF as pharmacological inhibition of phosphorylated TrkA (pTrkA) reduces Scribble expression. Moreover, Scribble forms a complex with the MAPK components ERK1/2 in a growth factor dependent manner. In RNAi experiments where Scribble expression is efficiently depleted sustained ERK1/2 phosphorylation is reduced. Conversely, siRNA with intermediate Scribble silencing efficiency fails to match this effect indicating that ERK1/2 activation depends on basic Scribble protein levels. Finally, Scribble translocates to the plasma membrane in response to growth factor where it complexes with HRas and Rac1 suggesting that the phenotype activated by loss of Scribble may be a result of altered GTPase activity. Together, these results demonstrate a novel role for Scribble in neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells.

  • 10.
    Wigerius, Michael
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Melik, Wessam
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Elväng, Annelie
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Molekylärbiologi.
    Johansson, Magnus
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Kemi. Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för livsvetenskaper, Internationell hälsa.
    Rac1 and Scribble are targets for the arrest of neurite outgrowth by TBE virus NS52010Ingår i: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, ISSN 1044-7431, E-ISSN 1095-9327, Vol. 44, nr 3, s. 260-271Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes extensive CNS disease in humans known as TBE, however, relatively little is known of the molecular mechanisms for its progress. Here, we now show that TBEV produces defects in neuronal development of PC12 cells through a function of the viral NS5 protein. The methyltransferase domain of NS5 is critical and sufficient for restriction of nerve growth factor induced neurite outgrowth. This effect is reversed by expression of NS5 mutants unable to bind Scribble and unexpectedly, in Scribble depleted cells with binding-competent NS5. Furthermore, we also demonstrate that the Rho GTPase Rac1 and the guanine nucleotide-exchange factor, beta PIX are outcompeted by NS5 for binding to Scribble, linking to effects on neurite outgrowth by TBEV. Together, these findings provide the first experimental evidence that Rac1 and beta PIX are indirect targets of NS5 acting through the multifunctional polarity protein Scribble to oppose neuronal differentiation. In conclusion, our results offer a potential mechanism by which TBEV alters neuronal circuitry and opens new avenues for therapeutic interventions.

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