Lynda Rocheleau

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Viroids, satellite RNAs, satellites viruses and the human hepatitis delta virus form the 'brotherhood' of the smallest known infectious RNA agents, known as the subviral RNAs. For most of these species, it is generally accepted that characteristics such as cell movement, replication, host specificity and pathogenicity are encoded in their RNA sequences and(More)
The influenza A virus RNA polymerase cleaves the 5' end of host pre-mRNAs and uses the capped RNA fragments as primers for viral mRNA synthesis. We performed deep sequencing of the 5' ends of viral mRNAs from all genome segments transcribed in both human (A549) and mouse (M-1) cells infected with the influenza A/HongKong/1/1968 (H3N2) virus. In addition to(More)
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the major causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. In order for HCV to persist, the virus must escape immune recognition or inhibit the host immune response. The NS5A protein contains the interferon sensitivity-determining region (ISDR) and is able to repress dsRNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR) thus(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) establishes persistent infection in the majority of infected individuals. The currently accepted hypothesis of immune evasion by antigenic variation in hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) of glycoprotein E2 does not however, explain the lack of subsequent immune recognition. Here, we show that the N-terminal region of E2 is antigenically(More)
We describe here the establishment of an online database containing a large number of sequences and related data on viroids, viroid-like RNAs and human hepatitis delta virus (vHDV) in a customizable and user-friendly format. This database is available on the World Wide Web at http://penelope.med.usherb.ca/subviral.
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by an expansion of CUG repeats in the 3' UTR of the DMPK gene. The CUG repeats form aggregates of mutant mRNA, which cause misregulation and/or sequestration of RNA-binding proteins, causing aberrant alternative splicing in cells. Previously, we showed that the multi-functional RNA-binding(More)
The right terminal domain of genomic hepatitis delta virus (HDV) RNA is involved in viral replication by recruiting host RNA polymerase II. To identify conserved features of this region, we performed high-throughput 454 sequencing of an HDV population actively replicating in cells. We generated 473,139 sequences representing 2351 new HDV variants of this(More)
The influenza A virus RNA polymerase cleaves the 5' ends of host RNAs and uses these RNA fragments as primers for viral mRNA synthesis. We performed deep sequencing of the 5' host-derived ends of the eight viral mRNAs of influenza A/Puerto Rico/8/1934 (H1N1) virus in infected A549 cells, and compared the population to those of A/Hong Kong/1/1968 (H3N2) and(More)
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