Overlapping motifs (PTAP and PPEY) within the Ebola virus VP40 protein function independently as late budding domains: involvement of host proteins TSG101 and VPS-4

J Virol. 2003 Feb;77(3):1812-9. doi: 10.1128/jvi.77.3.1812-1819.2003.


The VP40 protein of Ebola virus can bud from mammalian cells in the form of lipid-bound, virus-like particles (VLPs), and late budding domains (L-domains) are conserved motifs (PTAP, PPxY, or YxxL; where "x" is any amino acid) that facilitate the budding of VP40-containing VLPs. VP40 is unique in that potential overlapping L-domains with the sequences PTAP and PPEY are present at amino acids 7 to 13 of VP40 (PTAPPEY). L-domains are thought to function by interacting with specific cellular proteins, such as the ubiquitin ligase Nedd4, and a component of the vacuolar protein sorting (vps) pathway, tsg101. Mutational analysis of the PTAPPEY sequence of VP40 was performed to understand further the contribution of each individual motif in promoting VP40 budding. In addition, the contribution of tsg101 and a second member of the vps pathway, vps4, in facilitating budding was addressed. Our results indicate that (i) both the PTAP and PPEY motifs contribute to efficient budding of VP40-containing VLPs; (ii) PTAP and PPEY can function as L-domains when separated and moved from the N terminus (amino acid position 7) to the C terminus (amino acid position 316) of full-length VP40; (iii) A VP40-PTAP/tsg101 interaction recruits tsg101 into budding VLPs; (iv) a VP40-PTAP/tsg101 interaction recruits VP40 into lipid raft microdomains; and (v) a dominant-negative mutant of vps4 (E228Q), but not wild-type vps4, significantly inhibited the budding of Ebola virus (Zaire). These results provide important insights into the complex interplay between viral and host proteins during the late stages of Ebola virus budding.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / physiology*
  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Cell Line
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology*
  • Ebolavirus / physiology*
  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport
  • Humans
  • Membrane Microdomains / metabolism
  • Nucleoproteins / chemistry
  • Nucleoproteins / physiology*
  • Transcription Factors / physiology*
  • Viral Core Proteins / chemistry
  • Viral Core Proteins / physiology*
  • Virion / physiology


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport
  • Nucleoproteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Tsg101 protein
  • Viral Core Proteins
  • nucleoprotein VP40, Ebola virus
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases