Virologica Sinica

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 249–260 | Cite as

Porcine FcεRI Mediates Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Multiplication and Regulates the Inflammatory Reaction

  • Peidian Shi
  • Lilin Zhang
  • Jiashun Wang
  • Dong Lu
  • Yi Li
  • Jie Ren
  • Menglu Shen
  • Lei Zhang
  • Jinhai Huang
Research Article


Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) shows characteristic antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of infection and causes porcine systemic inflammation, which is similar to a type I allergic reaction; however, the role of porcine FcεRI in ADE is still unclear. In this study, the expression of different Fc receptors (FcRs) on macrophages was investigated in a PRRSV 3D4/21 cell infection model in the presence or absence of PRRSV antibody. The transcription level of FcγII and FcεRI was significantly up-regulated under PRRSV-antibody complex infection. Internalization and proliferation of PRRSV were promoted by the ADE mechanism when FcεRI was expressed in permissive 3D4/21 cells and the non-permissive cell line HEK 293T. Transcriptome sequencing data showed that the expression levels of AKT, ERK and other signal molecules in the anti-inflammatory pathway were significantly increased, especially in the cells infected with the PRRSV-antibody immune complex. Inflammatory regulatory molecules such as PLA2G6, LOX, TRPM8 and TRPM4 were significantly up-regulated following PRRSV infection but significantly down-regulated in the cells infected with the PRRSV-antibody immune complex. Our results demonstrated that FcεRI could be involved in PRRSV ADE, the antigen presenting process and regulation of the inflammatory response during PRRSV infection, which provides new insights into PRRSV infection mediated by FcεRI and the PRRSV-antibody immune complex.


Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) FcεRI Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) Inflammatory response 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31272540) and the underprop project of Tianjin Science and Technology Committee in China (16YFZCNC00640).

Author Contributions

JH conceived and designed the experiments. PS, JW, DL, MS, Lilin Zhang, YL, Lei Zhang performed the experiments. JW and JR analyzed the data. JW and JH wrote the paper. JH, Lei Zhang checked and finalized the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Animal and Human Rights Statement

Animal experiments were performed in compliance with the regulations set by Tianjin University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and were approved by the veterinarian authorities of Tianjin Animal Inspection Institute. This study was carried out in strict accordance with the guidelines in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in China.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Life SciencesTianjin UniversityTianjinChina

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