Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 70, Issue 21, pp 4169–4180 | Cite as

Coxsackievirus B4 can infect human pancreas ductal cells and persist in ductal-like cell cultures which results in inhibition of Pdx1 expression and disturbed formation of islet-like cell aggregates

  • Famara Sane
  • Delphine Caloone
  • Valéry Gmyr
  • Ilka Engelmann
  • Sandrine Belaich
  • Julie Kerr-Conte
  • François Pattou
  • Rachel Desailloud
  • Didier Hober
Research Article


The role of enteroviruses, especially Coxsackievirus B (CVB), in type 1 diabetes is suspected, but the mechanisms of the virus-induced or aggravated pathogenesis of the disease are unknown. The hypothesis of an enterovirus-induced disturbance of pancreatic β-cells regeneration has been investigated in the human system. The infection of human pancreas ductal cells and pancreatic duct cell line, PANC-1, with CVB4E2 has been studied. Primary ductal cells and PANC-1 cells were infectable with CVB4E2 and a RT-PCR assay without extraction displayed that a larger proportion of cells harbored viral RNA than predicted by the detection of the viral capsid protein VP1 by indirect immunofluorescence. The detection of intracellular positive- and negative-strands of enterovirus genomes in cellular extracts by RT-PCR and the presence of infectious particles in supernatant fluids during the 37 weeks of monitoring demonstrated that CVB4E2 could persist in the pancreatic duct cell line. A persistent infection of these cells resulted in an impaired expression of Pdx1, a transcription factor required for the formation of endocrine pancreas, and a disturbed formation of islet-like cell aggregates of which the viability was decreased. These data support the hypothesis of an impact of enteroviruses onto pancreatic ductal cells which are involved in the renewal of pancreatic β-cells.


Coxsackievirus B4 Enterovirus Pancreas Ductal cells Persistence Type 1 diabetes 



This work was supported by Ministère de l’Education Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie, Université Lille 2 (UPRES EA3610) and CHRU Lille and by Nord-Pas-de-Calais Région (Bureau Biologie Santé). Part of the study was funded by EU FP7 (GA-261441-PEVNET).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Famara Sane
    • 1
  • Delphine Caloone
    • 1
  • Valéry Gmyr
    • 2
  • Ilka Engelmann
    • 1
  • Sandrine Belaich
    • 2
  • Julie Kerr-Conte
    • 2
  • François Pattou
    • 2
  • Rachel Desailloud
    • 3
  • Didier Hober
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Virologie/ EA3610, Université Lille 2Faculté de Médecine, CHRULoos-lez-LilleFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Biothérapie du diabèteINSERM U859 CHRU de LilleLilleFrance
  3. 3.Service d’Endocrinologie-Diabétologie-NutritionUPJV CHUAmiensFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Virologie/EA3610Institut Hippocrate, CHRU LilleLoos-Lez-LilleFrance

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