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Ondertitel:viral mechanisms of nuclear entry and egress
Viruses are obligatory intracellular parasites. For their efficient replication, many require access to the nuclear interior. Yet, only few viral particles are small enough to passively diffuse through the nuclear pore complexes, calling for alternative strategies to bypass the nuclear envelope barrier. Some viruses will await mitotic nuclear envelope breakdown to gain access, whereas others will exploit more active means, for instance by hijacking nuclear pore transport or by directly targeting constituents of the nuclear envelope so as to remodel and temporarily perturb its integrity. After replication, newly produced viral DNA complexes need to cross the same barrier to exit the nucleus and enter the cytoplasm, where the final stages of virion maturation take place. There are also different flavours to the feat of nuclear egress that vary in delicacy and intensity. In this review, we define the major entry and egress strategies that are exploited by different viruses and describe the molecular details thereof. Ultimately, a deeper understanding of these pathways may help identifying molecular targets for blocking viral reproduction or spreading.
Tijdschrift: International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
ISSN: 1357-2725
Volume: 129
Pagina's: 1 - 10
Jaar van publicatie:2020