A Fluorescently Labeled Marburg Virus Glycoprotein as a New Tool to Study Viral Transport and Assembly

Eva Mittler, Gordian Schudt, Sandro Halwe, Cornelius Rohde, Stephan Becker

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The single surface glycoprotein (GP) of filoviruses is indispensable for recognition of its cellular receptor and infection of target cells. To study the intracellular trafficking of GP by using live-cell imaging, the mucin-like domain of Marburg virus (MARV) GP was replaced by the fluorophore mCherry (GPMLD-mCherry). Intracellular distribution, surface transport, and recruitment of GPMLD-mCherry into virus-like particles were similar to observations for wild-type GP. Using reverse genetics, we generated a recombinant MARV expressing GPMLD-mCherry (recMARV MARVGPMLD-mCherry). Time-lapse microscopy of recMARV MARVGPMLD-mCherry-infected cells revealed that GPMLD-mCherry-positive vesicles were transported to the cell surface in a tubulin-dependent manner. Moreover, dual-color live-cell imaging revealed cotransport of GPMLD-mCherry and VP40 and their colocalization at the plasma membrane. In this proof-of-concept study we showed that the newly developed GPMLD-mCherry is a promising tool to elucidate intracellular trafficking and assembly pathways of MARV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S318-S326
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - Nov 22 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Marburg virus
  • cytoskeleton
  • dual-color live-cell imaging
  • intracellular transport.
  • reverse genetic system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases


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