A Shope Fibroma virus PYRIN-only protein modulates the host immune response

Virus Genes. 2007 Dec;35(3):685-94. doi: 10.1007/s11262-007-0141-9. Epub 2007 Aug 4.


PYRIN domain (PYD) proteins have recently emerged as important signaling molecules involved in the development of innate immunity to intracellular pathogens through activation of inflammatory mediator pathways. ASC is the central adaptor protein, which links pathogen recognition by PYD-containing pathogen recognition receptors to the activation of downstream effectors, including activation of Caspase-1 and NF-kappaB. The cellular PYD-only protein 1 (cPOP1) can block the recruitment of ASC to activated PAN receptors and thereby functions as an endogenous inhibitor of the PYD-mediated signal transduction pathway. Here we describe the identification and characterization of a Shope Fibroma homolog to cPOP1. Like cPOP1, a Shope Fibroma virus-encoded POP (vPOP), co-localizes and directly associates with ASC and inhibits PYD-mediated signal transduction. Poxviruses are known to encode immune evasive proteins to promote host cell infection and suppression of the host immune response. Poxvirus-encoded vPOPs represent a novel class of immune evasive proteins and impair the host response by blocking Cryopyrin and ASC inflammasome-mediated activation of pro-Caspase-1 and subsequent processing of pro-interleukin (IL)-1beta, and expression of vPOPs causes activation of NF-kappaB.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Artificial Gene Fusion
  • CARD Signaling Adaptor Proteins
  • Cell Line
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins / metabolism
  • Fibroma Virus, Rabbit / immunology*
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Factors / genetics
  • Immunologic Factors / metabolism*
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Interleukin-1beta / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Interleukin-1beta / genetics
  • Luciferases / biosynthesis
  • Luciferases / genetics
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • NF-kappa B / biosynthesis
  • NF-kappa B / genetics
  • Protein Binding
  • Rabbits
  • Viral Proteins / genetics
  • Viral Proteins / metabolism*


  • CARD Signaling Adaptor Proteins
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • Immunologic Factors
  • Interleukin-1beta
  • NF-kappa B
  • PYCARD protein, human
  • Viral Proteins
  • Luciferases