Influence of host resistance on viral adaptation: hepatitis C virus as a case study

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Abstract

Genetic and cellular studies have shown that the host's innate and adaptive immune responses are an important correlate of viral infection outcome. The features of the host's immune response (host resistance) reflect the coevolution between hosts and pathogens that has occurred over millennia, and that has also resulted in a number of strategies developed by viruses to improve fitness and survival within the host (viral adaptation). In this review, we discuss viral adaptation to host immune pressure via protein–protein interactions and sequence-specific mutations. Specifically, we will present the “state of play” on viral escape mutations to host T-cell responses in the context of the hepatitis C virus, and their influence on infection outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalInfection and Drug Resistance
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2015

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