Identification of nucleolus localization signal of betanodavirus GGNNV protein α

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Betanodavirus greasy grouper (Epinephelus tauvina) nervous necrosis viruses (GGNNV) protein α, a virus capsid protein, was detected in both nucleolus and cytoplasm of infected cells of Asian sea bass (SB) and transfected cells of SB and Cos-7 with pcDNA3.1/RNA2. To study its subcellular localization, ORF of protein α with 338 aa was fused with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene and was detected in transfected cells in the absence of other viral proteins. In both SB and Cos-7 cells, protein α was found to localize EGFP to the nucleolus and cytoplasm. Deletion mutants of protein α indicated that N-terminal 43 amino acid residues were required to import EGFP-α protein into the nucleolus. Further deletions within the 43 amino acid backbone, EGFP/33aa(1-33) and EGFP/30aa(14-43), localized to the nucleolus, suggesting that the 20 amino acids from 14 to 33 of protein α were the domain of nucleolus localization. To further determine the nucleolus targeting sequence, deletion mutations within the 20 amino acids of protein α were constructed. It was found that the deletion of 23RRR25, 29RRR31, or 23RRRANNRRR31 prevented the accumulation of EGFP fusion proteins into the nucleolus, demonstrating that 23RRRANNRRR31 contain the signal required for nucleolar localization. A similar distribution pattern of localization of protein α and its deletion mutants in SB and Cos-7 cells suggested that N-terminal residues of protein α 23RRRANNRRR31 constitute a nucleolus localization signal that functions in both fish and mammalian cells. © 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.




Guo, Y. X., Dallmann, K., & Kwang, J. (2003). Identification of nucleolus localization signal of betanodavirus GGNNV protein α. Virology, 306(2), 225–235.

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