Integrin alphaVbeta3 Binds to the RGD motif of glycoprotein B of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and functions as an RGD-dependent entry receptor

J Virol. 2008 Feb;82(3):1570-80. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01673-07. Epub 2007 Nov 28.


Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) envelope-associated glycoprotein B (gB) is involved in the initial steps of binding to host cells during KSHV infection. gB contains an RGD motif reported to bind the integrin alpha(3)beta(1) during virus entry. Although the ligand specificity of alpha(3)beta(1) has been controversial, current literature indicates that alpha(3)beta(1) ligand recognition is independent of RGD. We compared alpha(3)beta(1) to the RGD-binding integrin, alpha(V)beta(3), for binding to envelope-associated gB and a gB(RGD) peptide. Adhesion assays demonstrated that beta(3)-CHO cells overexpressing alpha(V)beta(3) specifically bound gB(RGD), whereas alpha(3)-CHO cells overexpressing alpha(3)beta(1) did not. Function-blocking antibodies to alpha(V)beta(3) inhibited the adhesion of HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells to gB(RGD), while antibodies to alpha(3)beta(1) did not. Using affinity-purified integrins and confocal microscopy, alpha(V)beta(3) bound to gB(RGD) and KSHV virions, demonstrating direct receptor-ligand interactions. Specific alpha(V)beta(3) antagonists, including cyclic and dicyclic RGD peptides and alpha(V)beta(3) function-blocking antibodies, inhibited KSHV infection by 70 to 80%. Keratinocytes from alpha(3)-null mice lacking alpha(3)beta(1) were fully competent for infection by KSHV, and reconstitution of alpha(3)beta(1) function by transfection with alpha(3) cDNA reduced KSHV infectivity from 74% to 55%. Additional inhibitory effects of alpha(3)beta(1) on the cell surface expression of alpha(V)beta(3) and on alpha(V)beta(3)-mediated adhesion of alpha(3)-CHO cells overexpressing alpha(3)beta(1) were detected, consistent with previous reports of transdominant inhibition of alpha(V)beta(3) function by alpha(3)beta(1). These observations may explain previous reports of an inhibition of KSHV infection by soluble alpha(3)beta(1). Our studies demonstrate that alpha(V)beta(3) is a cellular receptor mediating both the cell adhesion and entry of KSHV into target cells through binding the virion-associated gB(RGD).

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • Herpesvirus 8, Human / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Integrin alphaVbeta3 / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Receptors, Virus / physiology*
  • Viral Envelope Proteins / metabolism*
  • Virus Attachment


  • Integrin alphaVbeta3
  • Receptors, Virus
  • Viral Envelope Proteins
  • glycoprotein B, human herpesvirus 8