Microbiology and Immunology

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Edited By: Shigetada Kawabata, Takaji Wakita and Yasunobu Yoshikai

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 89/124 (Microbiology); 126/150 (Immunology)

Online ISSN: 1348-0421

Virtual Special Issue on Apoptosis and Viral Infection

This Virtual Issue represents a small fraction of articles accounting for apoptosis that are published in the recent issues of Microbiology and Immunology. Each of the seven articles chosen below deals with seven different viruses elucidating involvement, induction and mechanism of apoptosis and viral infection.

Apoptosis is an important cellular process for programmed cell death. Virus infection and replication are often associated with apoptosis and this effect is likely to be responsible for much of the pathology associated with infectious disease. It is thus important to study the mechanisms by which viruses regulate apoptosis to understand the viral life cycle and pathogenesis.

Apoptosis of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells by wild-type measles virus infection is induced by interaction of hemagglutinin protein and cellular receptor, SLAM via caspase-dependent pathway
Tadashi Iwasa, Shigeru Suga, Lei Qi and Yoshihiro Komada

Opposite effects of two nonstructural proteins of Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus regulates apoptotic cell death in BHK-21 cells
Takako Okuwa, Naoko Taniura, Mineki Saito, Toshiki Himeda and Yoshiro Ohara

Characteristics of dengue virus-infected peripheral blood mononuclear cell death that correlates with the severity of illness
Yanin Jaiyen, Promsin Masrinoul, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Rojjanaporn Pulmanausahakul and Sukathida Ubol

Non-structural and nucleocapsid proteins of Punta Toro virus induce apoptosis of hepatocytes through both intrinsic and extrinsic pathways
Guangyu Li, Junping Ren, Fangling Xu and Monique R. Ferguson

Amino acid substitutions at positions 242, 255 and 268 in rabies virus glycoprotein affect spread of viral infection
Yuki Ito, Naoto Ito, Shouichiro Saito, Tatsunori Masatani, Keisuke Nakagawa, Yasuro Atoji and Makoto Sugiyama

Human immunodeficiency virus type-1 vulnerates nascent neuronal cells
Hiroko Kitayama, Yoshiharu Miura, Yoshinori Ando and Yoshio Koyanagi

Herpes simplex virus type 1 dysregulates anti-fungal defenses preventing monocyte activation and downregulating toll-like receptor-2
Claudio Cermelli, Carlotta Francesca Orsi, Andrea Ardizzoni, Enrico Lugli, Valeria Cenacchi, Andrea Cossarizza and Elisabetta Blasi