Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.503, No.3, 1841-1847, 2018
St6gal1 knockdown alters HBV life cycle in HepAD38 cells
Complex glycans at the cell surface play important roles, and their alteration is known to modulate cellular activity. Previously, we found that HBV replication in HepAD38 altered cell-surface sialylated N-glycan through the upregulation of St6gal1, Mgat2, and Mgat4a expression. Here we studied the effects of knocking them down on HBV replication in HepAD38. Our results showed that St6gal1 knockdown (KD) reduced intracellular HBV rcDNA level by 90%, that Mgat2 KD did not change the intracellular HBV rcDNA level, and that Mgat4 KD increased the intracellular HBV rcDNA level by 19 times compared to Tet(-). The changes in intracellular rcDNA level were followed by the alteration of Pol and HBc expression. Our study suggests that St6gal1 KD contributes more to the HBV life cycle than Mgat2 or Mgat4a KD through the modification of intracellular L, Pol, and HBc expression. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.