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Special Issue "Lipid Modulation of the Viral Lifecycle"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Nihal Altan-Bonnet

Head of the Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Dynamics, National Heart Lung Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bldg 50, Room 2537, Bethesda MD 20892, USA
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Fax: +301 402 1519
Interests: membrane trafficking; organelle biogenesis; host-pathogen interactions; RNA virus replication; live-cell imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lipids are essential elements of many cellular processes including membrane trafficking, cell signaling, cytoskeletal motility and nuclear metabolism. In recent years they have also come to the forefront of research in virology and infectious diseases. RNA and DNA viruses, enveloped and non-enveloped, infecting a wide range of hosts, have evolved mechanisms to capture, produce and utilize lipids, such as phosphoinositides and sterols in diverse aspects of their lifecycle. Recent investigations have reported critical roles for lipids in viral entry, for efficient viral genome synthesis, for use as scaffolds for viral assembly, as well as for viral export, pathogenesis and tropism. In this special issue, we seek to highlight these recent findings as well as identify those common mechanisms employed for lipid capture and utilization by a broad range of viruses which may lead to the development of novel antiviral strategies, including panviral therapeutics.

Dr. Nihal Altan-Bonnet
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Viruses is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • lipids
  • membranes
  • phosophoinositides
  • sterols
  • replication
  • assembly
  • exit
  • viral dissemination
  • tropism

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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