Biomolecules & Therapeutics
Vinyl-Stilbene Inhibits Human Norovirus RNA Replication by Activating Heat-Shock Factor-1
Ahrim Lee1,†, Jieun Sung1,†, Dipesh S. Harmalkar1,2,†, Hyeseul Kang1, Hwayoung Lee1, Kyeong Lee1,* and Choongho Lee1,*
1College of Pharmacy, Dongguk University-Seoul, Goyang 10326, Republic of Korea
2Department of Chemistry, Dnyanprassarak Mandal’s College & Research Centre, Bardez, Goa 403507, India
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The first three authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: September 28, 2021; Revised: October 19, 2021; Accepted: October 25, 2021; Published online: November 16, 2021.
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Norovirus (NV) is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis, with the potential to develop into a fatal disease in those who are immuno-compromised, and effective vaccines and treatments are still non-existent. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the molecular mechanism of the previously identified NV replication inhibitor utilizing a vinyl-stilbene backbone, AC-1858. First, we confirmed the inhibition of the NV RNA replication by a structural analog of AC-1858, AC-2288 with its exclusive cytoplasmic subcellular localization. We further validated the induction of one specific host factor, the phosphorylated form of heat shock factor (HSF)-1, and its increased nuclear localization by AC-1858 treatment. Finally, we verified the positive and negative impact of the siRNA-mediated downregulation and lentivirus-mediated overexpression of HSF-1 on NV RNA replication. In conclusion, these data suggest the restrictive role of the host factor HSF-1 in overall viral RNA genome replication during the NV life cycle.
Keywords: Norovirus, Vinyl-stilbene, RNA replication inhibitor, Heat shock factor-1, Antiviral mechanism of action

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