A polymorphism of the TIM-1 IgV domain: Implications for the susceptibility to filovirus infection

Makoto Kuroda, Daisuke Fujikura, Osamu Noyori, Masahiro Kajihara, Junki Maruyama, Hiroko Miyamoto, Reiko Yoshida, Ayato Takada

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Filoviruses, including Ebola and Marburg viruses, cause severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates with mortality rates of up to 90%. Human T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain 1 (TIM-1) is one of the host proteins that have been shown to promote filovirus entry into cells. In this study, we cloned TIM-1 genes from three different African green monkey kidney cell lines (Vero E6, COS-1, and BSC-1) and found that TIM-1 of Vero E6 had a 23-amino acid deletion and 6 amino acid substitutions compared with those of COS-1 and BSC-1. Interestingly, Vero E6 TIM-1 had a greater ability to promote the infectivity of vesicular stomatitis viruses pseudotyped with filovirus glycoproteins than COS-1-derived TIM-1. We further found that the increased ability of Vero E6 TIM-1 to promote virus infectivity was most likely due to a single amino acid difference between these TIM-1s. These results suggest that a polymorphism of the TIM-1 molecules is one of the factors that influence cell susceptibility to filovirus infection, providing a new insight into the molecular basis for the filovirus host range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 12 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Entry
  • Filovirus
  • Polymorphism
  • Receptor
  • Susceptibility
  • TIM-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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