Role of cytoskeleton components in measles virus replication

Arch Virol. 2004 May;149(5):891-901. doi: 10.1007/s00705-003-0264-9. Epub 2004 Jan 29.


Cellular factors have been indicated to be essential for the replication of Measles virus (MV), but the exact roles of these components are, however, not understood in detail. In this study, we investigated the role of actin and tubulin in productive MV infection by inducing disassembly of the microfilaments and microtubules. Vero cells were treated with latrunculin-A, which sequesters actin monomers, or nocodazole, which breaks the microtubules. The disruption of either of the structures efficiently inhibited the maturation of new infectious virus. Interestingly, virus spreading to neighboring cells still occurred by fusion and large syncytia typical for MV infection appeared. We also investigated a possible role for proteins of the ERM-family. Our results support an important role for actin filaments and microtubules for efficient MV replication.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Actin Cytoskeleton / drug effects
  • Actin Cytoskeleton / virology*
  • Actins / analysis
  • Actins / physiology
  • Animals
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins / physiology*
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Giant Cells / virology
  • Measles virus / physiology*
  • Microtubules / drug effects
  • Microtubules / virology*
  • Nocodazole
  • Thiazoles
  • Thiazolidines
  • Tubulin / analysis
  • Tubulin / physiology
  • Vero Cells
  • Viral Proteins / analysis
  • Viral Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Virus Replication


  • Actins
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • Thiazoles
  • Thiazolidines
  • Tubulin
  • Viral Proteins
  • Nocodazole
  • latrunculin A