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Study of chikungunya virus entry and host response to infection

Abstract : Alphaviruses are a group of enveloped, positive-sense RNA viruses which are distributed almost worldwide and are responsible for a considerable number of human and animal diseases. Among these viruses, the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has recently re-emerged and caused several outbreaks on all continents in the past decade. Despite many studies, molecular mechanisms of chikungunya virus replication and virus-host interactions remain poorly understood. The aim of my project was to better understand and characterize the CHIKV entry and the host factors involved during replication steps in mammals. Several different approaches have been used in this work. As a first step, we have demonstrated a decrease of CHIKV infection after iron treatment in form of ferric ammonium citrate and we have studied the potential role in viral entry of NRAMP2 and TFRC, two proteins involved in iron transport and known receptors for other viruses. On the other hand, we have also focused on two proteins, CD46 and TM9SF2, identified through an RNAi screen in collaboration, in order to determine if they are required as entry factors for chikungunya virus. In a last axis, we have set up and carried out a genome-wide loss of function screen with the CRISPR/Cas9 technology in order to identify host factors important for chikungunya virus entry, replication or virus-induced cell death. Although it appears that screen conditions should be optimized, we have identified potential candidates required for CHIKV infection and we are currently testing them
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Marie Cresson. Study of chikungunya virus entry and host response to infection. Virology. Université de Lyon; Institut Pasteur of Shanghai. Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019LYSE1050⟩. ⟨tel-03270900⟩



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