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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-57397

Münz, C (2011). Beclin-1 targeting for viral immune escape. Viruses, 3(7):1166-1178.

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Abstract

Macroautophagy is a catabolic pathway in eukaryotic cells that has recently been shown to facilitate pathogen detection, pathogen restriction and pathogen-derived antigen presentation to CD4(+) T cells. Due to these protective functions during immune responses, several pathogens, including RNA and DNA viruses, have developed strategies to inhibit autophagosome generation or maturation. Interestingly, most of the respective viral proteins exert these functions via binding to Beclin-1, an essential macroautophagy protein that constitutes part of the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase complexes that mark membranes for autophagosome generation and facilitate autophagosome fusion with lyososomes. The viruses that inhibit macroautophagy by this pathway include herpesviruses, HIV and influenza A virus. Inhibition either before or after autophagosome formation seems to benefit their viral replication by different mechanisms, which are discussed here.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Experimental Immunology
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:July 2011
Deposited On:29 Jan 2012 15:31
Last Modified:26 Jan 2014 06:29
Publisher:Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
ISSN:1999-4915
Publisher DOI:10.3390/v3071166
PubMed ID:21994775
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 12
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