The tiers and dimensions of evasion of the type i interferon response by human cytomegalovirus

Lisi Amsler, Marieke Verweij, Victor De Filippis

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Abstract

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a member of the β-herpesvirus family that invariably occupies hosts for life despite a consistent multi-pronged antiviral immune response that targets the infection. This persistence is enabled by the large viral genome that encodes factors conferring a wide assortment of sophisticated, often redundant phenotypes that disable or otherwise manipulate impactful immune effector processes. The type I interferon system represents a first line of host defense against infecting viruses. The physiological reactions induced by secreted interferon act to effectively block replication of a broad spectrum of virus types, including HCMV. As such, the virus must exhibit counteractive mechanisms to these responses that involve their inhibition, tolerance, or re-purposing. The goal of this review is to describe the impact of the type I interferon system on HCMV replication and to showcase the number and diversity of strategies employed by the virus that allow infection of hosts in the presence of interferon-dependent activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4857-4871
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Volume425
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 13 2013

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Keywords

  • cytomegalovirus
  • immune evasion
  • innate immunity
  • interferon

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The tiers and dimensions of evasion of the type i interferon response by human cytomegalovirus. / Amsler, Lisi; Verweij, Marieke; De Filippis, Victor.

In: Journal of Molecular Biology, Vol. 425, No. 24, 13.12.2013, p. 4857-4871.

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Amsler, Lisi ; Verweij, Marieke ; De Filippis, Victor. / The tiers and dimensions of evasion of the type i interferon response by human cytomegalovirus. In: Journal of Molecular Biology. 2013 ; Vol. 425, No. 24. pp. 4857-4871.
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