Rotavirus nonstructural protein NSP3 interacts specifically with the 3′ end of viral mRNAs, with the eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF4G, and with RoXaN, a cellular protein of yet-unknown function. By evicting cytoplasmic poly(A) binding protein (PABP-C1) from translation initiation complexes, NSP3 shuts off the translation of cellular polyadenylated mRNAs. We show here that PABP-C1 evicted from eIF4G by NSP3 accumulates in the nucleus of rotavirus-infected cells. Through modeling of the NSP3-RoXaN complex, we have identified mutations in NSP3 predicted to interrupt its interaction with RoXaN without disturbing the NSP3 interaction with eIF4G. Using these NSP3 mutants and a deletion mutant unable to associate with eIF4G, we show that the nuclear localization of PABP-C1 not only is dependent on the capacity of NSP3 to interact with eIF4G but also requires the interaction of NSP3 with a specific region in RoXaN, the leucine- and aspartic acid-rich (LD) domain. Furthermore, we show that the RoXaN LD domain functions as a nuclear export signal and that RoXaN tethers PABP-C1 with RNA. This work identifies RoXaN as a cellular partner of NSP3 involved in the nucleocytoplasmic localization of PABP-C1.
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- Insect Science