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Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. | doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2018.00055

Gga-miR-155 enhances IFN-β expression and suppresses infectious burse disease virus replication via targeting SOCS1 and TANK

Bin Wang1,  Yanan Liu1, Yongqiang Wang1, Xiaoqi Li1, Hong Cao1 and  Shijun Zheng1*
  • 1China Agricultural University, China

Infectious bursal disease (IBD) is an acute, highly contagious, and immunosuppressive avian disease caused by IBD virus (IBDV). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in host-pathogen interactions and innate immune response to viral infection. However the role of miRNAs in host response to IBDV infection is not clear. We report here that gga-miR-155 acts as an anti-virus host factor inhibiting IBDV replication. We found that transfection of DF-1 cells with gga-miR-155 suppressed IBDV replication, while blockage of the endogenous gga-miR-155 by inhibitors enhanced IBDV replication. Furthermore, our data showed that gga-miR-155 enhanced the expression of IFN-β in DF-1 cells post poly(I:C) stimulation. Importantly, we found that gga-miR-155 enhanced type I interferon expression via targeting SOCS1 and TANK, two negative regulators of type I IFN signaling. These results indicate that gga-miR-155 plays a critical role in cell response to IBDV infection.

Keywords: microRNA, type I IFN, IBDV, SOCS, Tank

Received: 17 Nov 2017; Accepted: 12 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Santanu Bose, Washington State University, United States

Reviewed by:

Alan G. Goodman, Washington State University, United States
Hetron M. Munang'Andu, NMBU, Norway
Hinh Ly, University of Minnesota, United States  

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* Correspondence: Prof. Shijun Zheng, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China,