EFFECTS OF TYPE I INTERFERONS IN CHRONIC VIRAL INFECTIONS

Summary

When type I interferon signalling is impaired, infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus results in chronic infection and dysfunctional CD8+ T cell function. Investigate how CD8+ T cell function leads to chronic viral infection and if reactivation can promote virus clearance.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Markus Hofer

Research Location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Type I interferons play crucial roles in the host immune response against pathogens such as viruses. Accordingly, defects in the type I interferon system result in impaired antiviral host defence and generalised immunodeficiency. Using the mouse model of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection we are interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms on how type I interferons stimulate and modulate different aspects of the antiviral immune response. A particular focus of our research is on the role of CD8+ T cells and dendritic cells (DCs).

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Keywords

interferon; type I interferon; antiviral; immune response; virus; virus infection; LCMV; CD8+ T cell; CD8+ T-cell; immunity; adaptive immunity; dendritic cell; mouse model; transgenic;

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2705

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