Key amino acid residues of neuraminidase involved in influenza A virus entry
Generally, influenza virus neuraminidase (NA) plays a critical role in the release stage of influenza virus. Recently, it has been found that NA may promote influenza virus to access the target cells. However, the mechanism remain unclear. Here, we reported that peramivir indeed possessed anti-influenza A virus (IAV) activity in the stage of viral entry. Importantly, we verified the critical residues of influenza NA involved in the viral entry. As a result, peramivir as an efficient NA inhibitor could suppress the initiation of IAV infection. Furthermore, mutational analysis showed NA might be associated with viral entry via amino acids residues R118, E119, D151, R152, W178, I222, E227, E276, R292 and R371. Our results demonstrated neuraminidase must contain the key amino acid residues can involve in IAV entry.