Hantavirus Immunology of Rodent Reservoirs: Current Status and Future Directions
AbstractHantaviruses are hosted by rodents, insectivores and bats. Several rodent-borne hantaviruses cause two diseases that share many features in humans, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in Eurasia or hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome in the Americas. It is thought that the immune response plays a significant contributory role in these diseases. However, in reservoir hosts that have been closely examined, little or no pathology occurs and infection is persistent despite evidence of adaptive immune responses. Because most hantavirus reservoirs are not model organisms, it is difficult to conduct meaningful experiments that might shed light on how the viruses evade sterilizing immune responses and why immunopathology does not occur. Despite these limitations, recent advances in instrumentation and bioinformatics will have a dramatic impact on understanding reservoir host responses to hantaviruses by employing a systems biology approach to identify important pathways that mediate virus/reservoir relationships. View Full-Text
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Schountz, T.; Prescott, J. Hantavirus Immunology of Rodent Reservoirs: Current Status and Future Directions. Viruses 2014, 6, 1317-1335.
Schountz T, Prescott J. Hantavirus Immunology of Rodent Reservoirs: Current Status and Future Directions. Viruses. 2014; 6(3):1317-1335.Chicago/Turabian Style
Schountz, Tony; Prescott, Joseph. 2014. "Hantavirus Immunology of Rodent Reservoirs: Current Status and Future Directions." Viruses 6, no. 3: 1317-1335.