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Biotechnology Letters
Vol. 38 (12), 2016, Pages: 2059–2069

SfP53 and filamentous actin (F-actin) are the targets of viral pesticide AcMNPV-BmK IT (P10/PH) in host Spodoptera frugiperda 9 cells

Leixi Cao, Xing Li, Shuhua Zheng, Aihua Liang, Yuejun Fu

Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Molecular Engineering of Ministry of Education, Institute of BiotechnologyShanxi UniversityTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China.



To analyze the anti-insect mechanism of viral pesticide AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10/PH) in the host Spodoptera frugiperda 9 (Sf9) cells.


Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV)- mediated expression of BmK IT, regulated by P10 protein promoter (P10) and polyhedrosis promoter (PH), promoted the replication of progeny virus in host Sf9 cells. AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10) could accelerate the budding process (or speed) of budded virus (BV) in Sf9 cells. The impact of AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10) on the nuclear polymerization of filamentous actin (F-actin) participated in regulating the accelerated budding process. Unexpectedly, both AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10) and AcMNPV-BmK IT(PH) delayed the nuclear polymerization of F-actin and promoted the clearance of F-actin in the nucleus. SfP53, an important apoptosis factor, was involved in the regulation of AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10/PH) in Sf9 cells. AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10/PH) could also delay and promote the nuclear recruitment of SfP53 after 27 h post infection (h p.i.).


SfP53 and F-actin are the targets of viral pesticide AcMNPV-BmK IT (P10/PH) in host Sf9 cells, which provides the experimental basis for the development of recombinant baculovirus biopesticides.

Keywords: AcMNPV-BmK IT(P10/PH),F-Actin, Nuclear polymerization, Polyhedrosis promoter, Spodoptera frugiperda, Viral pesticide.

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