Roles of virus-integrin interactions and rotavirus modulation of host cell responses in viral pathogenesis

Grant number: 350252

Abstract

Rotaviruses are the main cause of severe gastroenteritis in children, and cause 1 in 27 Australian children under the age of 5 years to spend time in hospital. There is currently no rotavirus vaccine available. We aim to discover how rotavirus interacts with host cells. This information is necessary to formulate a safe and effective vaccine, or a therapeutic agent that can block virus growth in host cells. Previously, we showed that rotavirus attaches to cells and enters them using several members of the integrin protein family that are present on the surface of the cells. Integrins are critical for cell adhesion, survival and communication. In this project, we will identify how rotavirus us..

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