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Epstein-Barr virus-encoded latent membrane protein 1 induces epithelial to mesenchymal transition by inducing V-set Ig domain containing 4 (VSIG4) expression via NF-kB in renal tubular epithelial HK-2 cells

Kim, Seung-Mi, Oh, Se Won, Park, Sang Hyun, Hur, Dae Young, Hong, Seung-Woo, Han, Sang Youb
Biochemical and biophysical research communications 2017 v.492 no.3 pp. 316-322
transcription factor NF-kappa B, cell movement, fibrosis, humans, epithelial cells, Betaretrovirus, transcription (genetics), membrane proteins, genes, kidney diseases, cell lines, epithelium, cell proliferation, Human gammaherpesvirus 4
The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), a hallmark of chronic kidney disease, is a key event in the conversion from tubular epithelial cells to myofibroblasts in renal fibrosis. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a γ-herpes oncovirus associated with chronic kidney disease. However, the relationship between EBV and the EMT process in renal tubular epithelial cells is not well understood. Among EBV-latent genes, EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) induces EMT by regulating a variety of molecules in EBV-induced oncogenic transformation. In this study, we investigated EBV-encoded LMP1 and EMT process markers in human proximal tubule epithelial cell line HK-2. LMP1 overexpression induces cell morphological changes via the epithelial to mesenchymal process in HK-2 cells, and these changes accelerate cell proliferation, cell motility, and invasion. Furthermore, VSIG4 upregulation by EBV-LMP1 induced LMP1-mediated EMT, cell motility, and invasion. VSIG4 upregulation by LMP1 was regulated at the transcriptional level via the NF-kB signaling axis. These results suggest that EBV-encoded LMP1 regulates EMT through the NF-kB-VSIG4 axis in HK-2 cells, and VSIG4 is a potential target in EBV-induced chronic kidney diseases.