Evasion of innate immunity by vaccinia virus

I. R. HAGA a1c1 and A. G. BOWIE a1
a1 Department of Biochemistry, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

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Vaccinia virus, a member of the Poxviridae, expresses many proteins involved in immune evasion. In this review, we present a brief characterisation of the virus and its effects on host cells and discuss representative secreted and intracellular proteins expressed by vaccinia virus that are involved in modulation of innate immunity. These proteins target different aspects of the innate response by binding cytokines and interferons, inhibiting cytokine synthesis, opposing apoptosis or interfering with different signalling pathways, including those triggered by interferons and toll-like receptors.

Key Words: vaccinia virus; immune evasion; signal transduction; nuclear factor kappa B; toll-like receptors.

c1 Department of Biochemistry, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 608 3047, fax: +353 1 677 2400, E-mail: