Heat shock effect upon dengue virus replication into U937 cells

Salvador Chavez-Salinas, Ivonne Ceballos-Olvera, Jorge Reyes-del Valle, Fernando Medina, Rosa M. del Angel

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The molecules involved in dengue virus entry into human cells are currently unknown. We have previously shown that two surface heat shock proteins (Hsps), Hsp90 and Hsp70 are part of a receptor complex in monocytic cells. In the present report, the effect of heat shock (HS) on dengue virus infection is analyzed. We have documented a more than twofold increase in dengue virus infectivity after HS treatment in monocytic cells U937; this effect correlates mainly with an increase in viral entry due to a major presence of both Hsps on the surface of monocytic cells, particularly in membrane microdomains. Interestingly, since heat shock treatment at 6 h post-infection also increased viral yields, it is likely that HS also modulates positively dengue virus replication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
JournalVirus research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Dengue virus
  • Heat shock
  • Hsp
  • Lipid rafts
  • Replication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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