Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.491, No.2, 303-309, 2017
RPS27a enhances EBV-encoded LMP1-mediated proliferation and invasion by stabilizing of LMP1
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is an oncoviral protein that plays a pivotal role in EBV-induced oncogenic transformation. The function of LMP1 in EBV-induced oncogenesis has been well studied. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying LMP1 protein stability remain poorly understood. In this study, we found that ribosomal protein s27a (RPS27a) regulates LMP1 stability by a tandem affinity purification analysis. RPS27a interacts directly with LMP1 in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, overexpression of RPS27a increases the half-life of LMP1 in 293T cells, whereas down regulation of RPS27a using lentiviral shRNA technology accelerates the decrease in LMP1 protein level in EBV-transformed B cells. We show that LMP1 ubiquitination via the proteasome is completely inhibited by overexpression of RPS27a. RPS27a also enhances LMP1-mediated proliferation and invasion, suggesting that RPS27a interacts with LMP1 and stabilizes it by suppressing proteasome-mediated ubiquitination. These results suggest that RSP27a could be a potential target in EBV-infected LMP1-positive cancer cells. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.