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Coxsackievirus-B4 Infection of Human Primary Pancreatic Ductal Cell Cultures Results in Impairment of Differentiation into Insulin-Producing Cells

University of Lille, Faculté de Médecine, CHU Lille, Laboratoire de Virologie EA3610, F-59000 Lille, France
University of Lille, INSERM, CHU Lille, EGID, UMR 1190- Translational Research in Diabetes, F-59000 Lille, France
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Viruses 2019, 11(7), 597;
Received: 11 April 2019 / Revised: 11 June 2019 / Accepted: 27 June 2019 / Published: 2 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Picornaviruses)
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Coxsackievirus-B4 (CV-B4) E2 can persist in the pancreatic ductal-like cells (Panc-1 cell line), which results in an impaired differentiation of these cells into islet-like cell aggregates (ICA). In this study, primary pancreatic ductal cells obtained as a by-product of islet isolation from the pancreas of seven brain-dead adults were inoculated with CV-B4 E2, followed-up for 29 days, and the impact was investigated. Viral titers in culture supernatants were analyzed throughout the culture. Intracellular viral RNA was detected by RT-PCR. Levels of ductal cell marker CK19 mRNA and of insulin mRNA were evaluated by qRT-PCR. The concentration of c-peptide in supernatants was determined by ELISA. Ductal cells exposed to trypsin and serum-free medium formed ICA and resulted in an increased insulin secretion. Ductal cells from five brain-dead donors were severely damaged by CV-B4 E2, whereas the virus persisted in cultures of cells obtained from the other two. The ICAs whose formation was induced on day 14 post-inoculation were scarce and appeared tiny in infected cultures. Also, insulin mRNA expression and c-peptide levels were strongly reduced compared to the controls. In conclusion, CV-B4 E2 lysed human primary pancreatic ductal cells or persisted in these cells, which resulted in the impairment of differentiation into insulin-producing cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: enterovirus; in vitro; c-peptide; insulin mRNA; RT-PCR enterovirus; in vitro; c-peptide; insulin mRNA; RT-PCR

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Bertin, A.; Sane, F.; Gmyr, V.; Lobert, D.; Dechaumes, A.; Kerr-Conte, J.; Pattou, F.; Hober, D. Coxsackievirus-B4 Infection of Human Primary Pancreatic Ductal Cell Cultures Results in Impairment of Differentiation into Insulin-Producing Cells. Viruses 2019, 11, 597.

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