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Special Issue "Advances in Alphavirus Research"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018).
Interests: RNA virus replication; alphaviruses; antivirals
Interests: alpha- and flaviviruses; virus–host interaction; antivirals
Alphaviruses are common in nature, existing on most continents and in marine environments. In several countries, the usually-mosquito-borne alphaviruses cause sporadic cases or small epidemics of human disease. Larger epidemics have also occurred, most notably in the case of the worldwide spread of chikungunya virus in the recent past. The alphaviruses can easily be cultivated in the laboratory, and therefore they have served as important models for deciphering some of the basic aspects of the virus life cycle. To understand the pathogenesis of alphaviruses, which can cause different types of diseases, excellent model systems have been developed. However, there are still important gaps in understanding alphavirus replication, and host interactions. Notably, there are no approved antivirals or vaccines against any alphavirus. In this Special Issue, we hope to assemble a collection of research papers and reviews that together will offer a comprehensive view on alphaviruses. The topics can include any aspects of alphavirus biology.
Dr. Tero Ahola
Dr. Beate M. Kümmerer
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.
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alphavirus life cycle
alphavirus structural biology
alphavirus pathogenesis and animal models
antivirals and vaccines against alphaviruses