Escape of mutant double-stranded DNA virus from innate immune control

Anthony R. French, Jeanette T. Pingel, Markus Wagner, Ivan Bubic, Liping Yang, Sung Jin Kim, Ulrich Koszinowski, Stipan Jonjic, Wayne M. Yokoyama

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As innate immune system components, natural killer (NK) cells respond rapidly to infections and effectively control replication of pathogens, including murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV), a double-stranded DNA β-herpesvirus. In the absence of NK cell control, MCMV infection results in early mortality due to uncontrolled viral replication. However, here we show that even in the face of initial NK cell control, there is late recrudescence of disease and mortality in immunodeficient mice due to the outgrowth of MCMV mutants that escape recognition by innate NK cells. These data suggest that viral infections in certain clinical settings also may be due to viral escape from innate immunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-756
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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