Porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) modulates calcium influx to favor viral replication

Virology. 2020 Jan 2:539:38-48. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2019.10.011. Epub 2019 Oct 22.


Ionic calcium (Ca2+) is a versatile intracellular second messenger that plays important roles in cellular physiological and pathological processes. Porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) is an emerging enteropathogenic coronavirus that causes serious vomiting and diarrhea in suckling piglets. In this study, the role of Ca2+ to PDCoV infection was investigated. PDCoV infection was found to upregulate intracellular Ca2+ concentrations of IPI-2I cells. Chelating extracellular Ca2+ by EGTA inhibited PDCoV replication, and this inhibitory effect was overcome by replenishment with CaCl2. Treatment with Ca2+ channel blockers, particularly the L-type Ca2+ channel blocker diltiazem hydrochloride, inhibited PDCoV infection significantly. Mechanistically, diltiazem hydrochloride reduces PDCoV infection by inhibiting the replication step of the viral replication cycle. Additionally, knockdown of CACNA1S, the L-type Ca2+ voltage-gated channel subunit, inhibited PDCoV replication. The combined results demonstrate that PDCoV modulates calcium influx to favor its replication.

Keywords: Ca(2+) channel blocker; Ca(2+) influx; Porcine deltacoronavirus; Viral replication.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Calcium Signaling
  • Coronavirus / physiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / metabolism*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology*
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases / metabolism*
  • Swine Diseases / virology*
  • Swine, Miniature
  • Virus Replication*


  • Calcium