Specific cleavage of the nuclear pore complex protein Nup62 by a viral protease

J Biol Chem. 2010 Sep 10;285(37):28796-805. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M110.143404. Epub 2010 Jul 9.


Previous work has shown that several nucleoporins, including Nup62 are degraded in cells infected with human rhinovirus (HRV) and poliovirus (PV) and that this contributes to the disruption of certain nuclear transport pathways. In this study, the mechanisms underlying proteolysis of Nup62 have been investigated. Analysis of Nup62 in lysates from HRV-infected cells revealed that Nup62 was cleaved at multiple sites during viral infection. The addition of purified HRV2 2A protease (2A(pro)) to uninfected HeLa whole cell lysates resulted in the cleavage of Nup62, suggesting that 2A(pro) is a major contributor to Nup62 processing. The ability of purified 2A(pro) to cleave bacterially expressed and purified Nup62 demonstrated that 2A(pro) directly cleaves Nup62 in vitro. Site-directed mutagenesis of putative cleavage sites in Nup62 identified six different positions that are cleaved by 2A(pro) in vitro. This analysis revealed that 2A(pro) cleavage sites were located between amino acids 103 and 298 in Nup62 and suggested that the N-terminal FG-rich region of Nup62 was released from the nuclear pore complex in infected cells. Analysis of HRV- and PV-infected cells using domain-specific antibodies confirmed that this was indeed the case. These results are consistent with a model whereby PV and HRV disrupt nucleo-cytoplasmic trafficking by selectively removing FG repeat domains from a subset of nuclear pore complex proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Active Transport, Cell Nucleus / genetics
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism*
  • Cell Nucleus / virology
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / genetics
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / metabolism*
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / genetics
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / metabolism*
  • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins / metabolism*
  • Poliomyelitis / enzymology*
  • Poliovirus / enzymology*
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Rhinovirus / enzymology*
  • Viral Proteins / genetics
  • Viral Proteins / metabolism*


  • Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins
  • Viral Proteins
  • nuclear pore protein p62
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases
  • picornain 2A, Picornavirus