|Title||Master of disguise: hepatitis delta virus packaging and spread facilitated by diverse viral envelope proteins.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Maya, S, Ploss, A|
|Date Published||2019 Aug 29|
To better understand the origins of hepatitis delta virus (HDV), Perez-Vargas et al. sought to characterize the capability of HDV in utilizing envelope glycoproteins from viruses other than hepatitis B virus (HBV) (1). To this end, the authors compared the efficiency of HDV assembly and release in the presence of HBV surface antigens (HBsAg), vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) G protein, or hepatitis C virus (HCV) E1 and E2 glycoproteins. The HDV particles generated with these respective glycoproteins were infectious to cells displaying appropriate receptors in vitro. HDV incorporation of VSV-G or HCV-E1E2 was assisted by farnesylation of the large hepatitis delta antigen (HDAg-L), a mechanism also seen with HBsAg. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.