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Mechanism of virus attenuation by codon pair deoptimization

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Title:Mechanism of virus attenuation by codon pair deoptimization
Creators Name:Groenke, N. and Trimpert, J. and Merz, S. and Conradie, A.M. and Wyler, E. and Zhang, H. and Hazapis, O.G. and Rausch, S. and Landthaler, M. and Osterrieder, N. and Kunec, D.
Abstract:Codon pair deoptimization is an efficient virus attenuation strategy, but the mechanism that leads to attenuation is unknown. The strategy involves synthetic recoding of viral genomes that alters the positions of synonymous codons, thereby increasing the number of suboptimal codon pairs and CpG dinucleotides in recoded genomes. Here we identify the molecular mechanism of codon pair deoptimization-based attenuation by studying recoded influenza A viruses. We show that suboptimal codon pairs cause attenuation, whereas the increase of CpG dinucleotides has no effect. Furthermore, we show that suboptimal codon pairs reduce both mRNA stability and translation efficiency of codon pair-deoptimized genes. Consequently, reduced protein production directly causes virus attenuation. Our study provides evidence that suboptimal codon pairs are major determinants of mRNA stability. Additionally, it demonstrates that codon pair bias can be used to increase mRNA stability and protein production of synthetic genes in many areas of biotechnology.
Keywords:Codon Bias, Codon Pair Bias, Codon Pair Deoptimization, Synthetic Attenuated Virus Engineering, Dinucleotide Frequencies, Recoding, Influenza A Virus, Attenuation, mRNA Stability, Animals, Mice
Source:Cell Reports
Publisher:Cell Press / Elsevier
Page Range:107586
Date:28 April 2020
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107586
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