Characterization of NFkB Inhibition by Poxviral Ankyrin/F-box Proteins

  • Author / Creator
    Burles, Kristin A
  • One of the most notable features of poxviruses is their ability to regulate cellular signaling pathways, including the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Ubiquitin plays a crucial role in the fate of a protein. Typically poly-ubiquitinated proteins are degraded by the 26S proteasome. The Skp1, culllin-1, F-box (SCF) ubiquitin ligase links ubiquitin to a substrate through a family of proteins possessing F-box domains. Recently, our lab has determined that ectromelia virus, the causative agent of lethal mousepox, encodes four F-box-containing proteins, ECTV002, ECTV005, ECTV154, and ECTV165, that interact with the SCF ubiquitin ligase. Many cellular pathways are tightly controlled by the SCF ubiquitin ligase, including the nuclear factor kappa B (NFκB) pathway, which mediates an antiviral immune response. We have shown that the ectromelia ankyrin/F-box proteins inhibit NFκB activation. Our data also suggest that ECTV002 and ECTV154 mediate virion release or spread.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Specialization
    • Virology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Barry, Michele (MMI)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Barry, Michele (MMI)
    • Baksh, Shairaz (Pediatrics)
    • Ingham, Rob (MMI)
    • Smiley, Jim (MMI)