Special Issue "Function and Structure of Viral Ribonucleoproteins Complexes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Serena Bernacchi
Guest Editor
Université de Strasbourg Architecture et Réactivité de l'ARN - CNRS UPR 9002 Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire 2 allée Conrad Roentgen, F-67084 Strasbourg, France
Interests: Viral ribonucleoproteins; genome incorporation and assembly

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

RNA viruses are characterized by the use of RNA as genetic material. Compared to their DNA counterparts, RNA viruses generally have smaller genomes and present a wider range of genetic diversity, due to the combined effect of a lower fidelity of replication and a higher incidence of genetic recombination. These features make RNA viruses extraordinary evolution machines. In cells, RNAs are generally associated with proteins in ribonucleic complexes (RNPs) that are in charge of addressing the RNAs to the appropriate cellular compartments and regulate their functions. To efficiently ensure viral replication, RNA genomes also associate with viral proteins to form vRNPs. These functional units are key players of the infectious cycle, driving various processes such as transcription and translation, as well as more specialized functions, including intracellular trafficking pathways for targeting viral components to assembly sites and consequently packaging viral genomic RNA into virions. Besides, determining the molecular organization and structure of vRNP is essential for unravelling the molecular mechanisms underlying the functions they are involved in. This Special Issue focuses on the interplay between viral components and aims to describe and better understand the structure and the function of RNPs in viral infection.

Dr. Serena Bernacchi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • virus
  • viral proteins
  • viral RNA
  • ribonucleoproteins complexes
  • function
  • structure
  • viral replication

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Role of HIV-1 integrase in particle maturation
    Authors: Sebla B. Kutluay et al.

2. Title: Differential behaviours and preferential binding for influenza nucleoproteins and importins-α
    Authors: Donchet A, Stermann E, Gérard FCA, Ruigrok RWH and Crépin T

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