Enhanced cytotoxicity without internuclear spread of adenovirus upon cell fusion by measles virus glycoproteins

German P. Horn, Sompong Vongpunsawad, Evelyn Kornmann, Barbara Fritz, Dirk P. Dittmer, Roberto Cattaneo, Matthias Dobbelstein

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The efficiency of viruses in cancer therapy is enhanced by proteins that mediate the fusion of infected cells with their neighbors. It was reported that replication-competent adenovirus particles can spread between nuclei within fusion-generated syncytia. To assess this conjecture, we generated fusogenic adenoviruses that express a balanced ratio of the F and H glycoproteins of measles virus. The viruses displayed enhanced cytotoxicity but largely unchanged replication efficiencies compared to a nonfusogenic virus. Most notably, the virus genomes did not spread through fusion-generated multinuclear cells. Hence, adenovirus replication in syncytia remains largely restricted to initially transduced nuclei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1911-1917
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2005


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  • Immunology

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