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AKT inhibits apoptosis and stimulates cap-dependent translation by phosphorylating key downstream cellular proteins. Many viruses therefore activate the PI3-kinase-AKT signaling pathway to promote cell survival and viral protein synthesis. HSV-1 activates AKT during lytic infection and the...
Herpes simplex virus type 1 is a ubiquitous human virus that causes cold sores and, increasingly, genital herpes. Upon virion-cell fusion, tegument proteins diffuse into host cytosol and, as such, are poised to remodel signalling pathways. Tegument proteins of interest here are virion protein...
This thesis defines a novel role for the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) tegument protein, virion protein (VP) 11/12 as a modulator of host cell signalling. Studies aimed at examining infection induced lymphocyte inactivation, revealed that VP11/12 is tyrosine phosphorylated in three lymphocyte...
Infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) leads to the rapid and complete loss of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and mitochondrial messenger RNA (mt-mRNA), effectively eliminating gene expression within mitochondria. Previous work determined that a unique 3’ co-terminal transcript arising...