Special Issue "Rodent-Borne Viruses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: rodent-borne pathogens; bornaviruses (like hantavirus and hepatitis E virus); rat-borne pathogens
Rodents represent the most diverse order of mammals and have been identified as reservoirs of a variety of viral agents. Rodents show diverse life history traits, and some species live closely associated with human dwellings and/or domestic or zoo animals. The roles of rodents as reservoirs and vectors for pathogen transmission have probably been best studied for zoonotic viruses, while less is known about these functions for arboviruses. In addition, several new rodent-associated viruses have been discovered in recent years, which may not be zoonotic themselves but possibly affect susceptibility to zoonotic pathogens, the outcome of the infection, and/or the fitness of the rodent host. These novel viruses could serve as systems for the development of new animal models for related human pathogens.
This thematic issue aims to cover the whole spectrum of research on rodent-borne viruses, including the description of novel viruses; studies on virus–host interaction, co-infections, and involved viral and cellular factors; ecological processes shaping virus diversity and host adaptation; evolutionary processes in viruses and their rodent reservoirs; and the pathogenicity of viruses in rodent reservoirs and spillover-infected species.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Günter Ulrich
Prof. Dr. Gerald Heckel
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- virus ecology and evolution
- host adaptation
- virus–host interaction
- virus discovery
- animal model
- rodents and arboviruses