Genome-wide host responses against infectious laryngotracheitis virus vaccine infection in chicken embryo lung cells
© Lee et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Received: 13 August 2011
Accepted: 24 April 2012
Published: 24 April 2012
Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV; gallid herpesvirus 1) infection causes high mortality and huge economic losses in the poultry industry. To protect chickens against ILTV infection, chicken-embryo origin (CEO) and tissue-culture origin (TCO) vaccines have been used. However, the transmission of vaccine ILTV from vaccinated- to unvaccinated chickens can cause severe respiratory disease. Previously, host cell responses against virulent ILTV infections were determined by microarray analysis. In this study, a microarray analysis was performed to understand host-vaccine ILTV interactions at the host gene transcription level.
The 44 K chicken oligo microarrays were used, and the results were compared to those found in virulent ILTV infection. Total RNAs extracted from vaccine ILTV infected chicken embryo lung cells at 1, 2, 3 and 4 days post infection (dpi), compared to 0 dpi, were subjected to microarray assay using the two color hybridization method. Data analysis using JMP Genomics 5.0 and the Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) program showed that 213 differentially expressed genes could be grouped into a number of functional categories including tissue development, cellular growth and proliferation, cellular movement, and inflammatory responses. Moreover, 10 possible gene networks were created by the IPA program to show intermolecular connections. Interestingly, of 213 differentially expressed genes, BMP2, C8orf79, F10, and NPY were expressed distinctly in vaccine ILTV infection when compared to virulent ILTV infection.
Comprehensive knowledge of gene expression and biological functionalities of host factors during vaccine ILTV infection can provide insight into host cellular defense mechanisms compared to those of virulent ILTV.
Avian infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV), named as a Gallid herpesvirus 1, is a member of the Iltovirus genus, Alphaherpesvirinae subfamily, and Herpesviridae family. ILTV has a linearized dsDNA genome of approximately 150 kb in size which contains unique long (UL) and unique short (US) sequences flanked by inverted repeat (IR) and terminal repeat (TR) sequences [1, 2]. The genome encodes 80 predicted viral protein open reading frames (ORFs). ILTV infection causes respiratory disease symptoms in chickens, pheasants, partridges, and peafowl [3, 4]. Clinical signs include extension of the neck, gasping, gurgling, rattling, and coughing of clotted blood . ILTV usually causes a reduction in egg production and variable mortality ranging from 5 to 70%, and can cause severe economic losses in the poultry industry .
Two types of commercial live attenuated vaccines, chicken embryo origin (CEO) and tissue culture origin (TCO), have been widely used to immunize chicken flocks against ILTV [6, 7]. However, it was found that live vaccines infect the nervous system similarly to virulent ILTV infections, and could possibly induce vaccinal laryngotracheitis (VLT) by transmission to unvaccinated birds [8–10]. Moreover, global ILTV outbreaks are mostly associated with CEO vaccines [11–13] and the genomic- and antigenic characteristics between virulent and vaccine ILTV are very similar .
Microarray analysis has become popular, along with the recent development of a RNA-seq (RNA sequencing) technique using next-generation sequencing, to analyze comprehensive gene expression in different biological conditions. Microarrays have been performed intensively to investigate host gene transcriptional responses to infection by various viruses such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) , rice dwarf virus (RDV) , influenza virus , herpesvirus saimiri (HVS) , human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) [18, 19], Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) [20, 21], chicken anemia virus (CAV) , human cytomegalovirus (hCMV) , Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) , infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) , varicella-zoster virus (VZV) , alphaherpesvirus , Marek's disease virus (MDV) , herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) , even in vaccine strains including recombinant flavivirus , west nile/dengue 4 virus , and dengue virus .
Previously, we studied the differential gene expression of host responses against virulent ILTV infection in cultured primary chicken embryo lung cells using microarray analysis . To compare and contrast host responses to infection of vaccine ILTV to those of virulent ILTV infection, primary chicken embryo lung cells were infected with live attenuated CEO vaccines and host gene expression during a four day period post infection was determined using 44 K chicken oligo microarrays in the present study.
Results and discussion
Profiling of differentially expressed host genes in vaccine ILTV infection
In the 44 K microarray assay, two approaches to avoid possible hidden dye effects were used: the use of RNA Spike-in controls synthesized from the Adenovirus E1A transcriptomes containing different concentrations of dye in each set  and the dye-swap in two of four total replicates. No significant dye effects were detected in all microarray slides (data not shown). Data analysis using one-way ANOVA with the JMP Genomics 5.0 and a 2 fold or greater cut off value revealed that 933 genes were differentially expressed at 4 different dpi time points following vaccine ILTV infection (Additional file 1). When these 933 differentially expressed genes were subjected to the bioinformatics study using Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA, Ingenuity® Systems, http://www.ingenuity.com) to generate the gene networks and functional annotations, 213 genes were recognized as mapped IDs (functionally known genes) by the IPA program (Additional file 2) and subjected to further bioinformatics analysis.
Quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (qPCR)
Primers for qPCR
Validation of gene expression between microarray and qPCR
Fold Change (Microarray/qPCR)
The gene expression levels of microarray were presented by log2 fold changes, whereas those of qPCR were indicated by -ΔΔCt that are comparable to the log2 fold change values in microarray
Biological functions of differentially expressed genes
Top 10 differentially expressed genes
Functions of the 10 most differentially expressed genes in ILTV vaccine infection
• C1q and tumor necrosis factor related protein 3, a. k. a. CTRP3.
• Functions are described in the Result and Discussion.
• Aquaporin 5, a water channel protein.
• Functions are described in the Result and Discussion.
• Functions are described in the Result and Discussion.
• Serine peptidase inhibitor, Kazal type 5 or chicken ovomucoid
• Lymph-epithelial Kazal-type-related inhibitor (LEKTI).
• Suppresses cellular functions related to inflammation in human primary keratinocytes (HK) .
• Down-regulation of SPINK5 at all dpi may support the reduced cell death caused by vaccine ILTV infection.
• Thrombospondin 2, a potent inhibitor of tumor growth and angiogenesis and a matricellular glycoprotein which mediates cell-to-cell interaction .
• Up-regulation of THBS2 in vaccine ILTV infection may function in virus spread in infected cells.
• Peptidylprolyl isomerase F, one of the peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase (PPIase) family proteins and a member of the mitochondrial permeability transition (PT) pore in the inner mitochondrial membrane.
• Down-regulation of PPIF genes in vaccine ILTV infection may play a role in cell death and recovery of cells.
• Very low density lipoprotein/vitellogenin receptor
• Binds to baculovirus surface membrane to inhibit ligand-receptor interaction in viral infection of HeLa cells .
• The meaning of down-regulation of VLDLR in ILTV vaccine infection in addition to in other herpesvirus infection, is unknown.
• Neuromedin U, a multifunctional neuropeptide
• Functions in conditions of pain and stress, the metabolism and homeostasis of feeding and energy in body, inflammatory diseases, smooth muscle contraction, and the control of blood flow and pressure [44, 45].
• Induces early-phase inflammation through the degranulation in mast cells in which NMU-R1 is highly expressed .
• Acts as an inflammatory mediator via the acceleration of IL-6 production in macrophages .
• Down-regulation of NMU may represent the inhibition of cellular factors associated with inflammation.
• A disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM) domain 28.
• Acts as an inhibitor against human dental pulp stem cells (HDPSCs) proliferation and an inducer of apoptosis of HDPSCs through the stimulation of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) secretion and dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP) .
• Degrades Insulin-like growth factor (IGF) binding protein 3 (IGFBP3) .
• The decreased expression of ADAM28 in vaccine ILTV infection, may suppress the active induction of apoptosis.
• Inhibits follicle-stimulating hormone .
• A member of fibrotic and wound healing response genes and cellular proliferation genes and plays a role in muscle growth and strength in nonhuman primates and liver proliferation. Moreover, the small plaque mutant of VZV down-regulates FST .
• Up-regulation of FST at early phase (1 dpi) of vaccine ILTV infection may play a role in the initiation of cytopathic effect.
The C1q and tumor necrosis factor related protein 3 [C1QTNF3; also known as (a. k. a.) CTRP3] is known to stimulate ERK1/2 and p38 MAPK . C1QTNF3 expression was elevated from 2 to 4 dpi (Figure 3). In addition, cartonectin (an adipokine of the CTRP3 family) helps reduce inflammation by suppressing IL6 and TNF production and NF-κB signaling [59–61]. IL6, one of several cytomegalovirus secreted cytokines, enhances the survival of endothelial cells by blocking caspase 3 and caspase 7-mediated apoptosis . CTRP3 could also accelerate embryonic growth and may contribute to a high feed efficiency phenotype in broilers . Thus, the continuous increase of CTRP3 expression from 2 to 4 dpi during ILTV vaccine infection suggests the suppression of cellular factors related to inflammation and the promotion of cell recovery after the initial cytopathic effect that was exhibited in embryonic lung cells on 1dpi.
Aquaporin 5 (AQP5) expression, a water channel protein and part of the small integral membrane protein family, was elevated on 1 dpi, but decreased at 2- and 4- dpi (Figure 3). A deficiency AQP5 was shown to exacerbate lung injury by the infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa . Down-regulation of AQP5 increases proliferation and migration of human corneal epithelial (CEP117) cell line . Adenovirus infection to mouse lung caused the down-regulation of AQP5 gene expression . Thus, the slight down-regulation of AQP5 gene expression in vaccine ILTV infection in from 2 to 4 dpi may be associated with the reduced cytopathic effect and cell recovery.
Cholecystokinin (CCK) was down-regulated in lung cells between 2 and 4 dpi (Figure 3). CCK is a peptide hormone of the gastrointestinal system that is important in fat digestion . CCK induces apoptosis by stimulating death signaling pathways in rat pancreatic acinar cells, including caspase activation, cytochrome C release, and mitochondrial depolarization . Thus, the down-regulation of CCK expression in vaccine ILTV infected cells may suppress apoptosis, resulting in weak cytopathic effects.
Network analysis by IPA was used to draw connections between interacting focus molecules. Of the 10 networks that were generated, the top 4 networks were identical among all four dpi, which may be due to the fact that the algorithms of the IPA program generate a network by considering fold change values and p-values of focus molecules in addition to their biological functions. The lists, top functions, and the most focused molecules of all four networks are shown in Additional file 3, and the drawings of interacting molecules in each network during the time course of all dpi are displayed in Additional file 4.
Comparison of host responses of virulent strain and vaccine ILTV infection
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), as members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) superfamily, are involved in various cellular functions including cell type specification, differentiation, pluripotency, apoptosis, proliferation, and tissue morphogenesis . Deregulation of BMP signaling is also implicated in disease states including cancer . Though the functional role of BMP in ILTV infection is unknown, BMPs including BMP2 were found to mediate herpesviral reactivation found in the EBV positive cell line . The expression and secretion of BMP2 was regulated by HIV proteins in differentiating mesenchymal stem cells . Expression of BMP2 in both virulent and vaccine ILTV infections increased at 1dpi and the increased expression level in vaccine ILTV infection was maintained until 3dpi, while the expression in virulent ILTV was not changed at 3dpi (Figure 5). The continuous increase of BMP2 expression during ILTV vaccine infection may play a homeostatic role in maintaining cellular morphology against virus infection.
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) involves multiple cellular mechanisms related to both virus entry into the central nervous system (CNS) and virus-induced neurological diseases. NPY protects the nervous system from murine retrovirus-induced neurological disease . The up-regulation of NPY was observed in both infection and reactivation of VZV from a latent infection in human sensory trigeminal and dorsal ganglia, which are both sensory neurons . It suggests that the up-regulation of NPY in virulent ILTV infection at 3 dpi may facilitate the latent infection in the nervous system. In contrast, the continuous down-regulation of NPY in vaccine ILTV infection may delay the latent infection to protect the host from diseases.
The coagulation factor, F10, is highly expressed during the early phase of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) corona virus infection in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) . Expression of F10 in vaccine ILTV infections of lung cells increased at 1- and 3dpi, but the expression in virulent ILTV was not changed significantly at either 1- or 3dpi (Figure 5). A functional role of increased expression and secretion of F10 in vaccine herpesvirus infected lung cells has not been studied to date. The C8orf79 is an ORF region on chicken chromosome 8, but its function is unknown.
In this study, we examined genome-wide host cellular transcriptomic changes by vaccine ILTV infection. Unlike our previous research on virulent ILTV infection, the vaccine ILTV infection showed weak cytopathic effects, cellular morphology recovery after initial cytopathic effects were observed and very little cell death. Possible molecular interpretations confirmed the suppression of cell death and weak cytopathic effect production during vaccine ILTV infection. Four host cellular genes were significantly modulated by vaccine ILTV infection, and could represent important secreting regulators to protect cells from cytotoxic damages. Although host gene expression by vaccine ILTV infection was determined in a cell culture system and not by an in vivo vaccination study, the results in this study provide important insights into differential host cellular defense mechanisms by regulating host gene expression response of vaccine ILTV infection to compare those of virulent ILTV infection.
Cell culture and vaccine ILTV infection
Primary chicken embryo lung cells were prepared as previously described . All cell culture reagents were purchased from Invitrogen Life Technologies (Carlsbad, CA). Cells were maintained at 37°C in a 5% CO2 incubator in 10 cm culture dishes by passaging every 3-4 days in 10 ml growth medium consisting Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM, 0.45% glucose) plus 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 100 units/ml penicillin, 100 μg/ml streptomycin, and 2 mM L-glutamine. A modified live ILTV commercial vaccine, LT-Blen (Merial Limited, Duluth, GA), was used to infect the chicken embryonic lung cells by the amount equal to 3 vaccination doses. After incubation of infected cells for 1 h with gentle rocking every 15 min, growth medium was added to each culture dish. The cells were incubated for up to 4 days. The protocols used in this study were approved by both the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC; permit number: 10007) of the University of Arkansas and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS; permit number: 102743) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Total RNA extraction
TRIzol reagent (Invitrogen Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA) was used to extract total RNA from uninfected- or vaccine ILTV infected chicken embryonic lung cells from 1 to 4 days post infection (dpi). Total RNA treated by DNase I (New England BioLabs Inc., Ipswich, MA) was re-purified by TRIzol reagent and quantified using a Nanodrop1000 spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific, Wilmington, DE) and qualified quality assessed by agarose gel (data not shown). To validate vaccine ILTV infection, expression of UL35 and US5 genes, in addition to chicken GAPDH (a host gene expression control), were determined by end-point reverse transcription PCR with gene specific primers. PCR amplicons were analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis and images were obtained using the GelDoc system (Biorad, Hercules, CA).
Probe labeling and microarray hybridization
Initially, 2 μg of total RNA was used to synthesize Cy3 or Cy5 labeled complementary RNA (cRNA) using the Two Color Microarray Quick Labeling kit (Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA) following the manufacturer's instructions and as described previously . To avoid possible dye effects, RNA Spike-in controls, which were synthesized from the Adenovirus E1A transcriptomes containing different concentrations of dye in each set , were added to RNA samples as Spike-in A for Cy3 and Spike-in B for Cy5 and mixed with un-infected control and vaccine ILTV infected samples at each dpi, respectively. For the additional control of dye effects, the dyes were swapped in two of four total replicates to confirm further hidden dye effects. Each 825 ng of Cy3 and Cy5 labeled cRNA probes were co-hybridized on a 4X44K Agilent chicken oligo microarray (array ID: 015068). After washing and drying, the slides were scanned using a Genepix 4000B scanner (Molecular Devices Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA) with the tolerance of saturation at 0.005%.
Microarray data analysis
Background-corrected red and green intensities for each spot were used in subsequent analyses. Global normalization based on locally weighted linear regression (LOWESS) was applied to the intensities by removing effects which arise from undesirable systematic variations in microarray experiments. The ratio of signal intensities of corresponding spots to all Spike-ins used were compared to reference ratios reported previously . All normalized data were deposited in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO; accession number: GSE30269). Genes showing both signal to noise ratio (SNR) of > 3 (meaning foreground signals are three times greater than background signals), and foreground intensity of > 100 at all time points were considered as reliable signals. To identify differentially expressed genes throughout the four dpi, normalized fold change values were subjected to statistical analysis by a one-way ANOVA test in JMP Genomics 5.0 http://www.jmp.com/software/genomics/ licensed to the Cell and Molecular Biology (CEMB) program of the University of Arkansas. Low fold change values, which were less than two fold differences in all four dpi, were not considered as differential expression. Fold change values representing differential expression were displayed as log2 conversions.
Quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase Chain reaction (qPCR)
To verify the microarray data, qPCR was performed with 18 genes using gene specific primer sets designed by Primer3 software http://frodo.wi.mit.edu/cgi-bin/primer3/primer3.cgi, which were synthesized by Integrated DNA Technologies (Coralville, IA). Primer information is shown in Table 1. Three μg of total RNA, which was used for the microarray analysis, was converted to cDNA and qPCR was performed under the following conditions: 40 cycles of denaturing 95°C for 30 s, annealing at 58 - 62°C for 1 min, extending at 72°C for 30 s, and finally extending at 72°C for 10 min. A non-template control (NTC) and an endogenous loading control (chicken GAPDH) were used for the relative quantification. The fold change values for the vaccine ILTV infected groups compared to uninfected control were determined by the -ΔΔCT method, which is comparable to log2 values in microarray .
The Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) software version 9.0 (Ingenuity Systems®; http://www.ingenuity.com) was used to study biological functions and molecular interactions among differentially expressed genes. IPA analyzes various bioinformatics tools including functional annotation, clustering, and network discovery based on Ingenuity Knowledge Base, which is the core technology of all IPA systems and the p-value developed from Right-tailed Fisher's exact test were mainly considered to interpret the interaction and functions of the differentially expressed genes [85, 86]. The network analysis was limited to 10 networks and 35 molecules in each network to concentrate on the closest interacting focus molecules (focus genes = a subset of uploaded significant genes having direct interactions with other genes in the database) within the differentially expressed genes .
We thank Dr. Douglas Foster (University of Minnesota) for the excellent comments in reviewing this manuscript. This work was supported, in part, by Arkansas Bioscience Institute, Arkansas Agricultural Experimental Station, and US Poultry and Egg Association (project #640).
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