Archives of Virology

, Volume 161, Issue 9, pp 2395–2405 | Cite as

HN protein of Newcastle disease virus sensitizes HeLa cells to TNF-α-induced apoptosis by downregulating NF-κB expression

  • R. S. Rajmani
  • Shishir Kumar Gupta
  • Prafull Kumar Singh
  • Ravi Kumar Gandham
  • A. P. Sahoo
  • Uttara Chaturvedi
  • Ashok K. TiwariEmail author
Original Article


Hemagglutinin neuraminidase (HN) is a membrane protein of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) with the ability to induce apoptosis in many transformed cell lines. TNF-α is a multi-factorial protein that regulates cell survival, differentiation and apoptosis. In a previous study, we reported that HN protein induces apoptosis by downregulating NF-κB expression. Further, we speculated that downregulation of NF-κB expression might sensitize HeLa cells to TNF-α-mediated apoptosis. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to investigate if HN protein could sensitize HeLa cells to TNF-α and to examine the apoptotic potential of the HN protein and TNF-α in combination. The results revealed that the pro-apoptotic effects were more pronounced with the combination of HN and TNF-α than with HN or TNF-α alone, which indicates that the HN protein indeed sensitized the HeLa cells to TNF-α-induced cell death. The results of the study provide a mechanistic insight into the apoptotic action of HN protein along with TNF-α, which could be valuable in treating tumor types that are naturally resistant to TNF-α.


HeLa Cell Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Newcastle Disease Virus Chicken Embryo Fibroblast Hemagglutinin Neuraminidase 
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We are thankful to the director, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, for providing necessary facilities.

Compliance with ethical standards


Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government (grant no. SR/SO/AS-0062/2007).

Ethical approval

All applicable national and institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Rajmani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shishir Kumar Gupta
    • 1
  • Prafull Kumar Singh
    • 1
  • Ravi Kumar Gandham
    • 1
  • A. P. Sahoo
    • 1
  • Uttara Chaturvedi
    • 1
  • Ashok K. Tiwari
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Molecular Biology Lab, Division of Veterinary BiotechnologyIndian Veterinary Research InstituteIzatnagarIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Infectious Disease Research, IIScBangaloreIndia

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