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Viruses 2018, 10(4), 201;

Inhibition of Rabies Virus by 1,2,3,4,6-Penta-O-galloyl-β-d-Glucose Involves mTOR-Dependent Autophagy

Key Laboratory of Jilin Province for Zoonosis Prevention and Control, Institute of Military Veterinary Medicine, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Jilin 130122, China
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Received: 7 March 2018 / Revised: 4 April 2018 / Accepted: 14 April 2018 / Published: 17 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Antivirals & Vaccines)
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The compound 1,2,3,4,6-penta-O-galloyl-β-d-glucose (PGG), a gallotannin present in various plants such as Rhus chinensis Mill and Paeonia suffruticosa, has a broad spectrum of antiviral effects. The present study investigated its potency against infection of mice with rabies virus (RABV). Results demonstrated that PGG strongly inhibited virus titers (50-fold), viral mRNA expression (up to 90%), and protein synthesis in vitro. Importantly, we found that PGG not only suppressed viral adsorption and entry, but also directly inactivated RABV through suppression of autophagy by mediating activation of the mTOR-dependent autophagy signaling pathway. In vivo, PGG (10 mg/kg) alleviated the clinical symptoms and reduced the mortality of infected mice by 27.3%. Collectively, our results indicate that PGG has potent anti-RABV effect, and merits further investigation as an anti-RABV drug. View Full-Text
Keywords: PGG; IPS; RABV; antiviral; CVS-11 PGG; IPS; RABV; antiviral; CVS-11

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Tu, Z.; Gong, W.; Zhang, Y.; Feng, Y.; Liu, Y.; Tu, C. Inhibition of Rabies Virus by 1,2,3,4,6-Penta-O-galloyl-β-d-Glucose Involves mTOR-Dependent Autophagy. Viruses 2018, 10, 201.

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