Protect this house: cytosolic sensing of viruses.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The ability to recognize invading viral pathogens and to distinguish their components from those of the host cell is critical to initiate the innate immune response. The efficiency of this detection is an important factor in determining the susceptibility of the cell to viral infection. Innate sensing of viruses is, therefore, an indispensable step in the line of defense for cells and organisms. Recent discoveries have uncovered novel sensors of viral components and hallmarks of infection, as well as mechanisms by which cells discriminate between self and non-self. This review highlights the mechanisms used by cells to detect viral pathogens in the cytosol, and recent advances in the field of cytosolic sensing of viruses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McFadden, MJ; Gokhale, NS; Horner, SM

Published Date

  • February 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 /

Start / End Page

  • 36 - 43

PubMed ID

  • 27951430

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5346041

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-6265

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.coviro.2016.11.012


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands