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Human Cytomegalovirus Encoded Homologs of Cytokines, Chemokines and their Receptors: Roles in Immunomodulation

by 1,2,†, Selmir Avdic 1,2,† and Barry Slobedman 1,2,*,†
1
Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Sydney, Australia
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Centre for Virus Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, Sydney, Australia
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All authors contributed equally to this work.
Viruses 2012, 4(11), 2448-2470; https://doi.org/10.3390/v4112448
Received: 30 September 2012 / Revised: 24 October 2012 / Accepted: 24 October 2012 / Published: 25 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Immune Evasion)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), the largest human herpesvirus, infects a majority of the world’s population. Like all herpesviruses, following primary productive infection, HCMV establishes a life-long latent infection, from which it can reactivate years later to produce new, infectious virus. Despite the presence of a massive and sustained anti-HCMV immune response, productively infected individuals can shed virus for extended periods of time, and once latent infection is established, it is never cleared from the host. It has been proposed that HCMV must therefore encode functions which help to evade immune mediated clearance during productive virus replication and latency. Molecular mimicry is a strategy used by many viruses to subvert and regulate anti-viral immunity and HCMV has hijacked/developed a range of functions that imitate host encoded immunomodulatory proteins. This review will focus on the HCMV encoded homologs of cellular cytokines/chemokines and their receptors, with an emphasis on how these virus encoded homologs may facilitate viral evasion of immune clearance. View Full-Text
Keywords: human cytomegalovirus; virus encoded chemokines and cytokines; virus encoded chemokine and cytokine receptors human cytomegalovirus; virus encoded chemokines and cytokines; virus encoded chemokine and cytokine receptors
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McSharry, B.P.; Avdic, S.; Slobedman, B. Human Cytomegalovirus Encoded Homologs of Cytokines, Chemokines and their Receptors: Roles in Immunomodulation. Viruses 2012, 4, 2448-2470.

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