The calmodulin antagonist W-7 (N-(6-aminohexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphthalenesulfonamide hydrochloride) inhibits DENV infection in Huh-7 cells

Patricia Bautista-Carbajal, Ruben Soto-Acosta, Antonio H. Angel-Ambrocio, Margot Cervantes-Salazar, Circe I. Loranca-Vega, Mayra Herrera-Martínez, Rosa M. del Angel

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Dengue virus (DENV) replicative cycle occurs in the endoplasmic reticulum where calcium ions play an important role in cell signaling. Calmodulin (CaM) is the primary sensor of intracellular Ca2+ levels in eukaryotic cells. In this paper, the effect of the calmodulin antagonist W-7 in DENV infection in Huh-7 cells was evaluated. W7 inhibited viral yield, NS1 secretion and viral RNA and protein synthesis. Moreover, luciferase activity, encoded by a DENV replicon, was also reduced. A decrease in the replicative complexes formation was clearly observed in W7 treated cells. Docking simulations suggest 2 possible mechanisms of action for W7: the direct inhibition of NS2B-NS3 activity and/or inhibition of the interaction between NS2A with Ca2+-CaM complex. This last possibility was supported by the in vitro interaction observed between recombinant NS2A and CaM. These results indicate that Ca2+-CaM plays an important role in DENV replication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-198
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Jan 15 2017


  • Calmudulin (CaM)
  • Dengue virus (DENV) infection
  • Replicative complexes
  • W7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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