Medical research

Cellular calpain proteases can cleave the enteroviral polyprotein

Enteroviruses are small, non-enveloped RNA viruses, which belong to the family of picornaviruses. Although most of the diseases that enteroviruses cause are symptomless or mild, enteroviruses are the most common viruses infecting ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Fighting the herpes virus

New insights into preventing herpes infections have been published in Nature Communications. Researchers from the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) at the MDC used single-cell RNA sequencing to better understand ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Capturing mosquito waste could speed up virus detection

Public health officials could soon be able to detect viruses in mosquitoes in the wild much more quickly and easily—thanks to the insect equivalent of a urine test.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Bird flu shuffle probes viral compatibility

When influenza viruses that infect birds and humans meet in the same cell, they can shuffle their genomes and produce new strains that might have pandemic potential. Think of this process, called reassortment, as viruses ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

RNA processing and antiviral immunity

The RIG-I like receptors (RLRs) are intracellular enzyme sentries that detect viral infection and initiate a first line of antiviral defense. The cellular molecules that activate RLRs in vivo are not clear.

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