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Preferential use of Siglec-1 or Siglec-10 by type 1 and type 2 PRRSV strains to infect PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells
Veterinary Researchvolume 49, Article number: 67 (2018)
Cellular entry mediators define whether the cell is permissive to PRRSV infection. Porcine sialoadhesin (pSn, Siglec-1) and CD163 are main entry mediators facilitating infection of porcine macrophages by PRRSV. Recently, Siglec-10 was demonstrated to be an alternative receptor for PRRSV. To examine if virulence and pathogenicity of PRRSV strains could be correlated with the use of different Siglecs, a PK15 cell line recombinantly expressing Siglec-1 and CD163 (PK15S1–CD163) and a PK15 cell line recombinantly expressing Siglec-10 and CD163 (PK15S10–CD163) were used to compare the virus replication of 7 genotype 1 subtype 1 strains (G1s1), 2 genotype 1 subtype 3 (G1s3) strains and 5 genotype 2 (G2) strains. Some strains (08VA (G1s1), 13V117 (G1s1), 17V035 (G1s1), VR2332 (G2)) were poor virus producers (<104 TCID50/mL), while other strains (07V063 (G1s1), 13V091 (G1s1), Su1-Bel (G1s3), MN-184 (G2), Korea17 (G2) and SDSU-73 (G2)) easily grew up to ≥106 TCID50/mL. PK15S10–CD163 cells exhibited a higher efficiency in virus production per infected cell than the PK15S1–CD163 cells. The G1s1 strains LV and 07V063 infected more cells in the PK15S1–CD163, whereas the 94V360 and 08VA strains preferred PK15S10–CD163. The highly virulent G1s3 strains Lena and Su1-Bel showed a strong preference for PK15S1–CD163. The G2 strains MN-184, SDSU-73, Korea17 had a much higher infection rate in PK15S10–CD163, while the reference strain VR2332 and the NADC30 strain had a slight preference for PK15S1–CD163. Differences in receptor use may influence the outcome of a PRRSV infection in pigs and explain in part the virulence/pathogenicity of PRRSV strains.
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is a member of the Arterivirus, genus, family Arteriviridae, order Nidovirales  causing respiratory disorders in piglets and reproductive problems in adult animals. PRRSV infections cause major economic losses in the pig industry worldwide [2, 3]. In vivo, the virus infects a subpopulation of tissue macrophages, and also subpopulation of monocyte and bone marrow derived dendritic cells [4,5,6,7,8,9]. In vitro, efficient PRRSV replication is observed in primary porcine alveolar macrophages (PAM), differentiated monocytes  and for certain strains (mainly after adaptation) in African green monkey kidney derived cells, e.g. MARC-145 . Porcine sialoadhesin (pSn, also known as Siglec-1) and porcine CD163 (pCD163) have been reported to be the main entry mediators for PRRSV [12,13,14]. In the classic PRRSV entry model, the virus binds to and is internalized into the macrophages via pSn through interacting with the viral GP5/M protein complex. Once inside the cell, pCD163 mediates the viral disassembly and genome release. However, recent studies demonstrated that PRRSV do not only infect sialoadhesin positive, but also sialoadhesin negative cells [15, 16]. Moreover, Siglec-1 knockout pigs are still susceptible to PRRSV . These results indicated that PRRSV may use alternative entry mediators to infect the host. Indeed, we have recently demonstrated that Siglec-10, a sialic acid binding protein belonging to the same family as Siglec-1, is able to facilitate the infection of non-permissive cells by PRRSV . It is very well possible that even more siglecs and/or siglec-like molecules exist. To analyze the receptor use of different PRRSV strains (7 G1s1, 2 G1s3 and 5 G2), a stably transfected cell line expressing both Siglec-10 and CD163 (PK15S10–CD163) was established and compared with the earlier developed cell line stably expressing both Siglec-1 and CD163 (PK15S1–CD163) .
Materials and methods
Cells and viruses
PK15 cells were cultivated in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium (D-MEM) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 100 U/mL penicillin, 0.1 mg/mL streptomycin. MARC-145 cells, PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells were cultivated in Modified Eagle Medium (MEM), supplemented with 10% FBS, 100 U/mL penicillin, 0.1 mg/mL streptomycin. The following PRRSV strains were analyzed in our study: LV (prototype G1s1, 13 passages in PAM), 94V360 (G1s1, 3 passages in PAM), 07V063 (G1s1, 3 passages in PAM), 08VA (G1s1, 4 passages in PAM), 13V091 (G1s1, 4 passages in PAM), 13V117 (G1s1, 3 passages in PAM), 17V035 (G1s1, 2 passages in PAM), Lena (G1s3, 4 passages in PAM), Su1-Bel (G1s3, 4 passages in PAM), VR-2332 (G2, 4 passages in MARC-145 and 2 passages in PAM), MN-184 (G2, 3 passages in MARC-145 and 3 passages in PAM), SDSU-73 (G2; 3 passages in MARC-145 and 3 passages in PAM), NADC30 (G2, 3 passages in MARC-145 and 3 passages in PAM) and Korean17 (3 passages in PAM). Information on the origin and virus characteristics are summarized in Table 1.
Transfection and clone selection
PK15 cells were transfected in the presence of lipofectamine 3000 (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. PK15 cells were first transfected with a plasmid containing the Siglec-10 cDNA and a geneticin resistance gene as described previously . Afterwards, the obtained PK15S10 cells were transfected with a plasmid containing the CD163 cDNA and a zeocin resistance gene and single cell cloned. For the selection of PK15S10–CD163 cells, zeocin (200 μg/mL, Invitrogen) was used. Cells were further sorted and subcloned three times with a FACSAria III (Becton–Dickinson) to obtain stably expressing cell clones (Figure 1).
Fluorescence activated cell sorting (Facs)
Cells were trypsinized with 0.075% trypsin (Sigma-Aldrich) and washed 2 times and harvested with MEM containing 1 mM EDTA and 1% FBS. The cells were labeled with anti-CD163 monoclonal antibodies (2A10, IgG1, AbD, serotec) or mAb against siglec-10 . Isotype-matched monoclonal antibodies (13D12, directed against PRV gD)  were used as control. The incubation was performed in the presence of 1 mM EDTA and 1% FCS for 30 min on ice. AlexaFluor 647-conjugated polyclonal antibodies against mouse IgG1 (Invitrogen) were used as secondary antibodies. Incubation was performed in the presence of 1 mM EDTA and 1% FCS for 30 min on ice in the dark. FACS sorting was performed with a FACSAria III. Two million cells were used for each sorting, doublets were excluded with a gating strategy based on forward light scatter and sideward light scatter. Dead cells were excluded with propidium iodide staining. Sorted cells were collected in the RPMI/DMEM (1:1) supplemented with 30% FCS, 1% P/S and 0.5% gentamicin and directly used for a subcloning strategy. Subcloning was performed by limiting dilution as described for cloning of hydridomas . The expression of Siglec-10 and CD163 in the subclones was checked by immunofluorescence.
Cells were fixed with methanol for single stainings. Primary monoclonal antibodies were used: mAb 1G10 against Siglec-10 (IgG1) ; mAb 41D3 against Siglec-1  or mAb 2A10 against CD163 (IgG1, AbD, serotec). 13D12 was used as isotype control. As a secondary antibody, fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-conjugated polyclonal goat anti-mouse IgG antibodies (Invitrogen) were used. The expression of Siglec-1, Siglec-10 and CD163 was examined with a fluorescence microscope (Leica Microsystems GmbH, Germany). For double staining of Siglec-10 and CD163, goat polyclonal antibodies against CD163 (R&D Systems, Minneapolis) and mAb 1G10 against Siglec-10 were incubated at 37 °C for 1 h. After three washes with PBS, cells were incubated with rabbit anti-goat AF594 for 1 h at 37 °C. After blocking with negative goat serum for 30 min at 37 °C cells were further incubated with FITC-labelled goat anti-mouse IgG. Cell nuclei were stained with Hoechst 33 342.
PK15S10–CD163, PK15S1–CD163 and PK-15 cells were trypsinized with 0.075% trypsin (Sigma-Aldrich). 106 cells of each cell line were collected for each experimental condition. Cells were washed two times with PBS. For intracellular staining, cells were fixed with 4% PF and permeabilized with 0.1% triton before incubation with primary antibodies. For surface staining, cells were directly incubated with the primary antibodies against CD163 (mouse IgG1, 2A10), Siglec-10 (mouse IgG1, 1G10), Sn (mouse IgG1, 41D3), PRV gD (isotype matched control mAb mouse IgG1, 13D12). AF647-conjugated goat anti-mouse IgG1 antibodies (Invitrogen) were used as secondary antibodies. The staining procedures were the same as described for Facs above. Flow cytometry was performed with Cytoflex (Beckman coulter). 10 000 events were recorded and 1000 events were displayed, doublets were excluded with a gating strategy based on forward light scatter and sideward light scatter.
Analysis of PRRSV attachment, internalization, disassembly and infection in PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells by immunofluorescence
Cells were seeded at 2 × 105 cells/mL (1 mL/well in 24-well plate) and after 3 days of cultivation, cells were inoculated with PAM grown LV at a multiplicity of infection (MOI) of 1. After 1 h of incubation at 4 °C, cells were fixed with methanol in order to assess virus attachment. To quantify the internalized particles, to analyze virus disassembly and virus infection, cells were fixed after 1, 5 and 24 h of incubation at + 37 °C with ice-cold methanol (−20 °C, 10 min). The virus was stained with mAb 13E2, directed against PRRSV nucleocapsid (IgG1, 1:50) and secondary FITC-conjugated polyclonal goat anti-mouse IgG antibodies (Invitrogen, Molecular Probes, Belgium). Virus particles and number of PRRSV infected cells were counted on images acquired with a TCS SPE confocal system (Leica Microsystems GmbH, Germany). Twenty randomly selected fields were taken for calculating the virus particles and percentage of infected cells.
PRRSV infection kinetics in PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells
PK15S10–CD163 and PK15S1–CD163 cells were seeded at a concentration of 200 000 cells/mL in 24 well plates with glass inserts (1 mL/well). After 3 days of cultivation, cells were inoculated with 200 µL of a virus stock containing 105 TCID50/mL of four different PRRSV strains grown on PAMs: LV, Lena, MN-184 and VR2332. After 0, 12, 24, 48 and 72 hours post-inoculation (hpi), supernatant was collected, centrifuged (10 min, 300 g, 4 °C) and stored at −70 °C prior to virus titration on PAM . Cells on inserts were fixed with methanol at the indicated time points and stained for immunofluorescence analysis. The PRRSV N protein was stained with primary mAb 13E2 directed against PRRSV nucleocapsid (IgG1, 1:50) and secondary FITC-conjugated polyclonal goat anti-mouse IgG antibodies (Invitrogen, Molecular Probes, Belgium). Virus positive cells were counted on images acquired with a TCS SPE confocal system (Leica Microsystems GmbH, Germany). Twenty images were taken for each experimental condition, and the percentage of infected cells was assessed with Image J.
Furthermore, another ten genetically different viral strains were used for comparison of the replication in both PK15S10–CD163, PK15S1–CD163 cell line using the sample protocol as described above (Table 1). The ten different PRRSV strains grown on PAMs were: 94V360, 07V063, 08VA, 13V091, 13V117, 17V024, Korean17, Su1-Bel, NADC 30, SDSU73.
Infection experiments for the four prototype strains were performed with at least three replicates. Results were compared using a two-way ANOVA test (GraphPad Prism 5) followed by Šidak’s multiple comparisons test. Differences were considered statistically significant at p < 0.05. Variance between intracellular and extracellular titers for the two cell lines were analyzed in univariate main effect model with SPSS. Differences were considered statistically significant at p < 0.05.
Construction of PK15S10–CD163 and detection of receptors in the PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cell lines by immunofluorescence staining and flow cytometry
PK15 cells, stably expressing Siglec-10 (PK15S10) were produced as previously described . Then, PK15S10 cells were transfected with CD163 and screened with zeocin and followed by Facs sorting for selection of double receptors positive cell clones as indicated in Figure 1. The presence of Siglec-10 and CD163 was confirmed by immunofluorescence staining (Figure 1). The cells maintained a stable expression of Siglec-10 and CD163 for at least 15 passages. PK15S1–CD163 cells were previously produced by Delrue et al. . Expression of Siglec-1, Siglec-10 and CD163 was analyzed in PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells with immunofluorescence staining and flow cytometry. As shown in Figure 2, the PK15S1–CD163 cells were positive for Siglec-1 and CD163, but negative for Siglec-10. PK15S10–CD163 cells on the other hand were positive for Siglec-10 and CD163, but negative for Siglec-1. PK15 cells were negative for all of the three receptors (Figure 2).
Attachment, internalization, disassembly and infection of PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells with PRRSV
Our aim was to compare the attachment, internalization, disassembly and infection of PRRSV in the PK15S10–CD163 and PK15S1–CD163 cell lines. As shown in Figure 3, virus particles clearly attached to cells of both cell lines and subsequently were internalized into the cells. After internalization, the virus particles were uncoated in order to release the viral genome. Finally, infection occurred (Figure 3). In general, in line with the binding and entry results, the LV strain infected PK15S1–CD163 cells better than PK15S10–CD163 cells.
Infection kinetics in PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells upon inoculation with genotype I (LV and Lena) and II (VR2332, MN184) PRRSV reference strains
PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells were inoculated with PAM-grown LV, Lena, MN-184 and VR2332 and at 1, 12, 24, 48 and 72 hpi, cells were fixed and stained by immunofluorescence. Figure 4 shows that the two cell lines are susceptible to all used PRRSV strains and that the infection level increased with time. In general, PAM-grown Lena and MN-184 strains could infect PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells more efficiently than the prototype LV and VR2332 strains (p = 0.0081). The percentage of cells infected with LV, Lena, and VR2332 strains was significantly higher in PK15S1–CD163 cells than in PK15S10–CD163 cell line (p < 0.0001). The PAM-grown MN-184 strain showed a significantly higher infection rate in PK15S10–CD163 cells (71.2 ± 5.1%) than in PK15S1–CD163 cells (44.9 ± 1.8%, p < 0.0001). For the LV and VR2332 strains, the virus replication kinetics was 5–12 fold lower compared to the MN-184 and Lena strains; infection was observed only in some cells both for PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells. Interestingly, although there is a higher infection rate for LV, Lena and VR2332 strains in PK15S1–CD163 than PK15S10–CD163 cells, the virus production in both cell lines was similar. This points towards a higher virus yield per cell for the PK15S10–CD163 cells. For the MN-184 strain, a higher virus infection rate and also a higher virus production were found in PK15S10–CD163 cells.
Analysis of Siglec-1, Siglec-10 and CD163 surface and cytoplasm expression in PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells
Based on the results of the binding and internalization assays, we found that irrespective of the PRRSV strain more virus particles were attached and internalized in the PK15S1–CD163 cells. This might explain the higher virus infection rates in PK15S1–CD163 cells for the LV, Lena and VR2332 strains. Interestingly, a similar virus production was observed for both cell lines, which might indicate that the virus particles are more anchored to the surface of the PK15S1–CD163 cells rather than released in the extracellular environment. As shown Siglec-1+ cells showed more binding of virus particles than Siglec-10+ cells. We hypothesize that produced virus is anchored at the cell surface, preventing the release of virus particles. To show differences in subcellular expression patterns of Siglec-1 and Siglec-10, we performed a surface and intracellular staining. As shown in Figure 5, Siglec-1 is expressed on the surface of PK15S1–CD163 cells to a higher level than Siglec-10 on the surface of PK15S10–CD163 cells. In both cell lines, CD163 is expressed on the surface and in the cytoplasma with little difference between the two cell lines.
Replication kinetics of ten genetically distant PRRSV strains in PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells
To analyze the possible Siglec preference of different PRRSV strains, we assessed the virus infection/production of additionally 7 genotype 1 subtype 1 strains (G1s1) (94V360, 07V063, 08VA, 13V091, 13V117, 17V035); 1 genotype 1 subtype 3 (G1s3) strains (Su1-Bel) and 3 genotype 2 strains (SDSU-73, NADC30-like and Korea17). Replication kinetics (both virus infection and virus production) were compared in the two cell lines (Figure 6). In general, the PK15S10–CD163 cell line exhibited a higher efficiency in virus production per infected cell as compared to PK15S1–CD163 (Additional file 1). For G1s1 strains, 07V063 strain preferred PK15S1–CD163, whereas the 94V360 and 08VA strains preferred PK15S10–CD163. The highly virulent G1s3 strains (Su1-Bel and Lena) showed a strong preference for PK15S1–CD163. Similarly, to the genotype 2 strain MN-184 in the previous infection assay, the other two genotype 2 strains, SDSU-73 and Korea17, also showed a higher infection rate in PK15S10–CD163 as compared to PK15S1–CD163 (84.3% vs 38.7% and 34.93% vs 18.7%, respectively). However, there were no significant differences between PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 upon infection with VR2332 and NADC30 strains. Some strains (08VA (G1s1), 13V117 (G1s1), VR2332 (G2)) were poor virus producers (<104 TCID50/mL), while other strains (07V063 (G1s1), 13V091 (G1s1), Su1-Bel (G1s3), MN-184 (G2), Korean17 (G2) and SDSU-73 (G2)) easily grew up to ≥106 TCID50/mL. To confirm that the virus particles are better attached to the PK15S1–CD163 cells, leading to a lower efficiency in virus production, both intracellular and extracellular virus titrations were performed for the ten genetically distant virus strains. Interestingly, we found that PK15S10–CD163 cells showed much higher extracellular than intracellular virus titers (average titer of 3.41 log10TCID50/mL vs 2.46 log10TCID50/mL, p = 0.005). However, for PK15S1–CD163 cells, the intracellular and extracellular virus titers were comparable (average titer of 2.31log10TCID50/mL vs 2.45 log10TCID50/mL, p = 0.564) (Additional file 2).
In vivo, PRRSV shows a strict preference for certain macrophage subsets, such as porcine alveolar macrophages (PAM). These primary porcine cells can be used for virus isolation and virus propagation, because they closely mimic the in vivo situation. However, using primary cell lines is expensive and may be a risk for contamination. More importantly, primary cells have a short lifespan and display a batch to batch variation. Apart from PAM, the other cell type known to be permissive to PRRSV is the immortalized monkey kidney cell line MA-104 and its derivatives, such as MARC-145 [11, 22]. This cell line is able to overcome the aforementioned problems and is routinely used for large scale production of PRRSV. However, the use of MARC-145 cell line is limited for virus isolation as some strains (most genotype 1 strains and a certain percentage of genotype 2 strains such as the Korean 17) do not grow in this cell line [23, 24]. In addition, the propagation of PRRSV in MARC-145 cells may lead to genetic changes . The latter feature is used for the development of attenuated vaccines.
Non-permissive cells transiently transfected with CD163 may allow a low level of infection depending on the cell type used for virus replication . Co-expression of Siglec-1 and the scavenger receptor CD163 are needed for an efficient PRRSV infection . In our search to find a cell line that combines the advantages of PAM and MARC-145, our laboratory has already successfully generated a PK15 cell line expressing both Siglec-1 and CD163 (PK15S1–CD163). However, we have recently shown that Siglec-1 is not the only entry mediator for PRRSV . As for Siglec-1, Siglec-10 in combination with CD163 is also able to improve PRRSV infection in non-permissive cells. Siglec-10 facilitates attachment and internalization of PRRSV. To assess if the receptor use differs between different PRRSV strains, we constructed a PK15 cell line recombinantly expressing Siglec-10 and CD163 (PK15S10–CD163). Expression of both receptors was confirmed with immunofluorescence and flow cytometry.
PRRSV entry in the target cells is initiated via virus-receptor interaction. First, the virus binds to heparin sulphate as well as sialoadhesin, and then, virus is internalized via sialoadhesin through its interaction with the PRRSV GP5-M structural protein complex. Following entry, CD163 coordinates disassembly and the following steps in the virus replication cycle. Previously, we have shown that PK15S10 cells were able to bind and internalize PRRSV particles, however, no productive infection could be observed . In this study, CD163 was successfully introduced in the PK15S10 cells. The complete replication cycle was analyzed and compared with those in PK15S1–CD163 cells. As expected, both cell lines were susceptible for PRRSV infection. Attachment, internalization, disassembly and infection of LV occurred in both cell lines.
The binding and internalization were at a lower level in the PK15S10–CD163 cells. We hypothesized that this was due to a different subcellular expression pattern of Siglec-1 and Siglec-10. Siglec-1 is expressed to higher levels on the surface of the cells than Siglec-10. This might partly explain the more efficient binding and internalization in PK15S1–CD163 cells. As the CD163 expression is similar in both cell lines, the observed differences can only be attributed to the Siglec localization patterns.
In order to determine the efficiency of PRRSV infection and production in PK15S10–CD163 compared to PK15S1–CD163 cells, a PRRSV replication kinetic experiment with 14 different virus strains was performed. Information on these strains is listed in Table 1. Based on the phylogenetic tree analysis (Additional file 3), the 14 strains used for this study are genetically distant. Significant variability in growth characteristics among genetically distant strains was observed. Some strains [08VA (G1s1), 13V117 (G1s1), VR2332 (G2)] were poor virus producers (<104 TCID50/mL), while other strains [07V063 (G1s1), 13V091 (G1s1), Su1-Bel (G1s3), MN-184 (G2), Korean17 (G2) and SDSU-73 (G2)] easily grew up to ≥106 TCID50/mL. Interestingly, a previous study from Frydas et al.  has shown that the PRRSV strains LV, 08VA and 13V117 were also categorized as poor growers, Lena and VR2332 strains were moderate, while the 07V063, 13V091 and MN-184 strains were strong producers based on virus shedding in respiratory explants [15, 16]. The Korean17 (G2) strain is a recent type 2 strain isolated from a farm with a severe outbreak of PRRS. Our results are consistent with the idea that the virulence is associated with a faster replication in both cell lines. To further analyze the replication of all of the strains, we found that strains LV, 07V063, Sul-Bel, Lena, VR2332 and NADC30 performed better in PK15S1–CD163 cells, whereas 94V360, 08VA, 13V091, 13V117, MN-184, SDSU-73 and Korean17 strains preferred PK15S10–CD163. Interestingly, the genotype 1 subtype 3 strains (Lena and Su1-Bel) showed a stronger preference for PK15S1–CD163 cells, while the highly pathogenic type 2 strains (MN-184, SDSU-73, Korean17) showed a higher affinity to PK15S10–CD163 cells. The other two genotype 2 strains, VR2332 and NADC30, showed a slight preference to PK15S1–CD163 cells. A previous study  revealed that VR2332 mainly infects Sn+ cells in the lamina propria of the nasal mucosa, whereas the other genotype 2 strains (MN-184, VN) were also able to infect large number of Sn- cells. This might explain the preference for the cell line observed in this study. No data for the NADC30 strain is available in the ex vivo explant model. However, it was shown that NADC30 strain is relatively less pathogenic compared to MN-184 and SDSU-73 . In return, we can assume that NADC30 might have a relatively more restricted cell tropism compared to the MN-184 and SDSU-73 strains. GP5 is the major glycoprotein of PRRSV. Sugar modification of this viral glycoprotein is important for host–pathogen interactions and signaling recognition. Previously, we have shown that Siglec-1 interacts with the GP5/M heterodimer complex . Siglec-10 functions in a similar way as Siglec-1 in mediating the binding and internalizing of the virus in a sialic acid-dependent manner . Here we further analyzed the amino acid sequence of GP5 for all of the virus strains used in our study with MEGA 6. The first two glycosylation sites (N at position 10 and 17) are fully conserved and are present in all PRRSV strains, demonstrating its crucial role in the binding/internalization process. The third potential N-glycosylation further away from the membrane is more variable (Figure 7). It is highly possible that this variation influences the attachment and internalization due to a siglec preference. The majority of type 2 strains (MN-184, SDSU-73 and Korean 17) carry around 3–4 glycosylation sites (N10, N17, N27/N28/N29, N31) and show a preference for Siglec-10. LV, VR2332 and Lena show a highly preference for Siglec-1. LV has only two glycosylation sites (N10, N17). Although VR2332 has four potential N-glycosylation sites, only 2 or exceptionally 3N-glycosylation sites are used in nature (N10, N17, ± N28) [29, 30], with a poor glycosylation efficiency of the NDS sequon for N28. What Lena concerns, a non-conserved mutation 42Q (polar uncharged) to 42L (hydrophobic) between N17 and N26 glycosylation site was observed, which changes from an amino acid with an uncharged side chain into a hydrophobic side chain, which might have an impact on the glycosylation modification. However, whether the differences in N-glycosylation sites in the ectodomain of GP5 result in different glycosylation patterns that are related to the preference in usage of Siglecs needs further investigations.
The production of virus by infected cells is an essential process for the spread of viral diseases. Enveloped viruses can spread via two distinct routes, either through the cell-free aqueous environment or by direct cell–cell contact. In the present study, we found that the PK15S10–CD163 cell line exhibited a higher efficiency in virus release in the extracellular environment than the PK15S1–CD163 cell line (Additional file 1). The prototype strains (LV, Lena, VR2332) showed a much higher infection rate in the PK15S1–CD163 cell line, but the virus titers in the supernatant were comparable in both cell lines. Two possible mechanisms may be forwarded for this phenomenon. First, virus might use more cell-to-cell transmission in PK15S1–CD163 cells as compared to PK15S10–CD163 cells giving rise to a higher infection rate but lower virus release. Second, based on the surface and cytoplasm staining, Siglec-1 is more abundantly expressed on the surface of the cells providing more efficient binding and internalization, while Siglec-10 is mostly expressed in the cytoplasm. This might increase the chance that upon release from the cells, the virus particles bind back to the surface of the PK15S1–CD163 cells. This hypothesis is supported by the observation that the extracellular titers were higher for the PK15S10–CD163 cell line, while the intra- and extracellular virus titers are more or less the same for the PK15S1–CD163 cell line (Additional file 1).
In summary, the observation that all tested virus strains replicate well in both PK15S1–CD163 and PK15S10–CD163 cells suggesting that these cells might be useful for virus isolation. Today MARC-145 is the mostly used cell line for virus isolation, however, not all PRRSV strains grow on MARC-145 cells [11, 24]. PAM has a much higher efficiency in virus isolation, but it is more variable and more difficult for routine maintenance. The two cell lines that we constructed could be an optimal replacement for both MARC-145 and PAM. In addition, the PK15S10–CD163 cell line is more efficient in virus production, which is important for the production of inactivated vaccines. Finally, the observed variability in growth characteristics of all the virus strains tested in both cell lines might be connected with the outcome of a PRRSV infection and might be partially explained by the receptor usage.
Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium
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porcine alveolar macrophages
porcine cluster of differentiation 163
porcine kidney cells
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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
JX designed and performed the experiments, analyzed the data and helped to draft the manuscript. IT and BD assisted in sorting of cells. TC and BY participated in part of the experiment assays. IT, BD and RW helped in writing the paper. HN and IC conceived and designed the study and helped in writing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
This research was supported by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen—project G081214N), China Scholarship Council (201408440267) and Special Research Fund—Ghent University (cofunding CSC-grant). Bert Devriendt is supported by a postdoctoral research grant from FWO-Vlaanderen. We would like to acknowledge Carine Boone, Chantal Vanmaercke and Nele Dennequin for their excellent technical support.
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