Virologica Sinica

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 314–322 | Cite as

Stress Granule Formation is One of the Early Antiviral Mechanisms for Host Cells Against Coxsackievirus B Infection

  • Xia Zhai
  • Shuo Wu
  • Lexun Lin
  • Tianying Wang
  • Xiaoyan Zhong
  • Yang Chen
  • Weizhen Xu
  • Lei Tong
  • Yan Wang
  • Wenran Zhao
  • Zhaohua Zhong
Research Article


Stress granules (SGs) are intracellular granules formed when cellular translation is blocked and have been reported to be involved in a variety of viral infections. Our previous studies revealed that SGs are involved in the coxsackievirus B (CVB) infection process, but the role of SGs in CVB infection has not been fully explored. In this study, we found that CVB type 3 (CVB3) could induce SG formation in the early phase of infection. Results showed that levels of CVB3 RNA and protein were significantly inhibited during the early stage of CVB3 infection by the elevated formation of SGs, while viral RNA and protein synthesis were significantly promoted when SG formation was blocked. Our findings suggest that SG formation is one of the early antiviral mechanisms for host cells against CVB infection.


Coxsackievirus B (CVB) Stress granule (SG) Viral replication 



This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant 81571999 to Z Zhong; 81672007 to W Zhao; 81772188 to Y Wang, 31300144 to T Wang). We are grateful to the technical support from Heilongjiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Pathogens and Immunity and Heilongjiang Provincial Science and Technology Innovation Team in Higher Education Institutes for Infection and Immunity of Harbin Medical University.

Author Contributions

ZZ designed and guided the study. XZ, SW, LL, TW, XZ, YC, and WX performed the experiments. LT and YW contributed in the collection and analysis of data. ZZ and WZ wrote the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict 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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© Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyHarbin Medical UniversityHarbinChina
  2. 2.Department of Cell BiologyHarbin Medical UniversityHarbinChina

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