# Ted form of the capsid precursor protein Gag (glycoGag), which originates

Ted form of the capsid precursor GW9662 site protein Gag (glycoGag), which originates from translation initiation at a CUG start codon upstream of the normal cytoplasmic Gag start codon (Berlioz and Darlix, 1995). This glyco-Gag protein has an N-terminal 88 amino acid extension with a signal peptide that directs synthesis of the protein across the ER membrane, allowing glycosylation and transport to the cell surface. Subsequently, the glycosylated Gag is cleaved into two proteins of 55 and 40 kDa. The latter is maintained as a type II transmembrane protein, which is necessary for a late step of viral assembly as well as neurovirulence, whereas the C-terminal 40 kDa protein is released from cells (Fujisawa et al., 1997; Low et al., 2007). Glycosylation and post-translational processing may differ according to the cell type infected (Fujisawa et al., 1997). Several studies have shown that glyco-Gag defective particles are less infectious than wildtype MuLV particles (Boi et al., 2014; Kolokithas et al., 2010; Nitta et al., 2012; Stavrou et al., 2013). This restriction phenotype is largely alleviated in A3-deficient cells and animals (Boi et al., 2014; Kolokithas et al., 2010; Stavrou et al., 2013). Moreover, glyco-Gagdefective viruses reverted to wild-type function during infections of A3-expressing animals, but not A3-null animals, demonstrating the importance of glyco-Gag in antagonizing A3dependent restriction (Stavrou et al., 2013). Recent data have also indicated that loss of Nlinked glycosylation sites in glyco-Gag result in increased hypermutation by A3 (Rosales Gerpe et al., 2015). Interestingly, glyco-Gag-mutant virions are less stable than wild-typeVirology. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 May 01.Harris and DudleyPageparticles during ultracentrifugation with detergent (Stavrou et al., 2013). Further, A3 incorporation during cell culture and in vivo Litronesib site replication caused defects in reverse transcription when glyco-Gag was absent (Boi et al., 2014; Stavrou et al., 2013). These studies combined to suggest a mechanism in which glyco-Gag stabilizes the viral core and shields viral reverse transcription complexes from the restrictive activities of A3, as well as affording protection from other innate immune effector proteins such as the DNA nuclease Trex1 (Stavrou et al., 2013) (Figure 3). A3 counteraction mechanisms of other retroviruses The foamy viruses (FVs) use the Bet protein to antagonize APOBEC. Bet, like Vif, is encoded at the 3 end of the retroviral genome and is not required for virus replication in cell lines (Baunach et al., 1993). Mutations in the feline FV bet open reading frame lead to reduced viral titers in CRFK (feline) cells expressing feline A3s and increased G-to-A hypermutations (Lochelt et al., 2005). Nevertheless, Bet has no sequence homology to Vif and appears to act by a different mechanism than either Vif or glyco-Gag (Chareza et al., 2012; Lochelt et al., 2005; Russell et al., 2005). Unlike Vif, which acts as an adapter between APOBEC and an E3 ligase, Bet does not induce A3 degradation, but prevents packaging of particular A3s into foamy virus particles. Feline FV Bet has been shown to bind to feline A3 (Lochelt et al., 2005), and prototype FV Bet can prevent human A3G dimerization and function (Jaguva Vasudevan et al., 2013; Perkovic et al., 2009; Russell et al., 2005). Bioinformatic analysis has identified six conserved motifs encoded within the bel2 portion of the bet mRNA, and these motifs appear to be requ.Ted form of the capsid precursor protein Gag (glycoGag), which originates from translation initiation at a CUG start codon upstream of the normal cytoplasmic Gag start codon (Berlioz and Darlix, 1995). This glyco-Gag protein has an N-terminal 88 amino acid extension with a signal peptide that directs synthesis of the protein across the ER membrane, allowing glycosylation and transport to the cell surface. Subsequently, the glycosylated Gag is cleaved into two proteins of 55 and 40 kDa. The latter is maintained as a type II transmembrane protein, which is necessary for a late step of viral assembly as well as neurovirulence, whereas the C-terminal 40 kDa protein is released from cells (Fujisawa et al., 1997; Low et al., 2007). Glycosylation and post-translational processing may differ according to the cell type infected (Fujisawa et al., 1997). Several studies have shown that glyco-Gag defective particles are less infectious than wildtype MuLV particles (Boi et al., 2014; Kolokithas et al., 2010; Nitta et al., 2012; Stavrou et al., 2013). This restriction phenotype is largely alleviated in A3-deficient cells and animals (Boi et al., 2014; Kolokithas et al., 2010; Stavrou et al., 2013). Moreover, glyco-Gagdefective viruses reverted to wild-type function during infections of A3-expressing animals, but not A3-null animals, demonstrating the importance of glyco-Gag in antagonizing A3dependent restriction (Stavrou et al., 2013). Recent data have also indicated that loss of Nlinked glycosylation sites in glyco-Gag result in increased hypermutation by A3 (Rosales Gerpe et al., 2015). Interestingly, glyco-Gag-mutant virions are less stable than wild-typeVirology. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 May 01.Harris and DudleyPageparticles during ultracentrifugation with detergent (Stavrou et al., 2013). Further, A3 incorporation during cell culture and in vivo replication caused defects in reverse transcription when glyco-Gag was absent (Boi et al., 2014; Stavrou et al., 2013). These studies combined to suggest a mechanism in which glyco-Gag stabilizes the viral core and shields viral reverse transcription complexes from the restrictive activities of A3, as well as affording protection from other innate immune effector proteins such as the DNA nuclease Trex1 (Stavrou et al., 2013) (Figure 3). A3 counteraction mechanisms of other retroviruses The foamy viruses (FVs) use the Bet protein to antagonize APOBEC. Bet, like Vif, is encoded at the 3 end of the retroviral genome and is not required for virus replication in cell lines (Baunach et al., 1993). Mutations in the feline FV bet open reading frame lead to reduced viral titers in CRFK (feline) cells expressing feline A3s and increased G-to-A hypermutations (Lochelt et al., 2005). Nevertheless, Bet has no sequence homology to Vif and appears to act by a different mechanism than either Vif or glyco-Gag (Chareza et al., 2012; Lochelt et al., 2005; Russell et al., 2005). Unlike Vif, which acts as an adapter between APOBEC and an E3 ligase, Bet does not induce A3 degradation, but prevents packaging of particular A3s into foamy virus particles. Feline FV Bet has been shown to bind to feline A3 (Lochelt et al., 2005), and prototype FV Bet can prevent human A3G dimerization and function (Jaguva Vasudevan et al., 2013; Perkovic et al., 2009; Russell et al., 2005). Bioinformatic analysis has identified six conserved motifs encoded within the bel2 portion of the bet mRNA, and these motifs appear to be requ.