Virologica Sinica

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 162–172 | Cite as

Mechanisms and Effects on HBV Replication of the Interaction between HBV Core Protein and Cellular Filamin B

  • Yilin Li
  • Yishuang Sun
  • Fuyun Sun
  • Rong Hua
  • Chenlin Li
  • Lang Chen
  • Deyin Guo
  • Jingfang Mu
Research Article


Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the major problems that threatens global health. There have been many studies on HBV, but the relationship between HBV and host factors is largely unexplored and more studies are needed to clarify these interactions. Filamin B is an actin-binding protein that acts as a cytoskeleton protein, and it is involved in cell development and several signaling pathways. In this study, we showed that filamin B interacted with HBV core protein, and the interaction promoted HBV replication. The interaction between filamin B and core protein was observed in HEK 293T, Huh7 and HepG2 cell lines by co-immunoprecipitation and co-localization immnofluoresence. Overexpression of filamin B increased the levels of HBV total RNAs and pre-genome RNA (pgRNA), and improved the secretion level of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg). In contrast, filamin B knockdown inhibited HBV replication, decreased the level of HBV total RNAs and pgRNA, and reduced the secretion level of HBsAg and HBeAg. In addition, we found that filamin B and core protein may interact with each other via four blocks of argentine residues at the C-terminus of core protein. In conclusion, we identify filamin B as a novel host factor that can interact with core protein to promote HBV replication in hepatocytes. Our study provides new insights into the relationship between HBV and host factors and may provide new strategies for the treatment of HBV infection.


Filamin B Core HBV replication 



We thank Prof. Arnoud Sonnenberg (Division of Cell Biology, Netherlands Cancer Institute) for his kind gift of the plasmid Filamin B -GFP. We would also like to thank Prof. Xinwen Chen (State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China) for his kind gift of the plasmid Core -HA. This research was supported by the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China.

Author Contributions

JFM, DYG and LC conceived the study and participated in the design. YLL and YSS performed the experiments and drafted the manuscript. FYS, RH and CLL analyzed data. JFM and DYG finalized the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Animal and Human Rights Statement

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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