Alternative splicing occurs when several splice donors and/or acceptors are eligible and facultative. This leads to transcripts having different splicing outcome and/or are unspliced. Alternative splicing is regulated by cellular and viral proteins which modulates locally the activity of splicing factors U1 and U2. -It offers the opportunity to encode several proteins in few messengers, like for Adenoviridae and Retroviridae encoding up to 12 different peptides from one pre-mRNA. -It is a way to regulate early and late expression for viruses like Papillomaviridae and maybe Orthomyxoviridae. -Cellular unspliced mRNA cannot be exported out of the nucleus. Hepadnaviridae and Retroviridae have evolved proteins to export their unspliced genomic RNA. -It is used by Herpesviridae as a potential anti-host defense mechanism. By inhibiting some host splicing factors, these viruses prevent the synthesis of key antiviral proteins like PML or STAT1.
|Virus||viral factor||cellular factor||Ref|
|Adenoviridae||33k : expression of late proteins|
|Herpesviridae||Unspliced RNA nuclear export EBV- BM2 HCMV- UL69 HSV1- ICP27||EBV HCMV HSV-1|
|Papillomaviridae||E2 activates cellular SR||hnRNP A1 inhibit L1 mRNA expression|
|Hepadnaviridae||Capsid?: pg-RNA nuclear export|
|Retroviridae, Alpharetrovirus||GAG genomic RNA nuclear export|
|Retroviridae, Lentivirus||genomic RNA nuclear export HIV-1 Rev HTLV-1 Rex||HIV-1 HTLV-1|