Nathalie Majeau

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Commercial seasonal flu vaccines induce production of antibodies directed mostly towards hemaglutinin (HA). Because HA changes rapidly in the circulating virus, the protection remains partial. Several conserved viral proteins, e.g., nucleocapsid (NP) and matrix proteins (M1), are present in the vaccine, but are not immunogenic. To improve the protection(More)
The core (C) protein of hepatitis C virus (HCV) appears to be a multifunctional protein that is involved in many viral and cellular processes. Although its effects on host cells have been extensively discussed in the literature, little is known about its main function, the assembly and packaging of the viral genome. We have studied the in vitro assembly of(More)
BACKGROUND The ever-present threat of infectious disease, e.g. influenza pandemics, and the increasing need for new and effective treatments in immunotherapy are the driving forces that motivate research into new and innovative vaccine platforms. Ideally, such platforms should trigger an efficient CTL response, be safe, and easy to manufacture. We recently(More)
Papaya mosaic virus has been shown to be an efficient adjuvant and vaccine platform in the design and improvement of innovative flu vaccines. So far, all fusions based on the PapMV platform have been located at the C-terminus of the PapMV coat protein. Considering that some epitopes might interfere with the self-assembly of PapMV CP when fused at the(More)
The maturation of the core protein (C) of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is controlled by the signal peptidase (sp) and signal peptide peptidase (spp) of the host. To date, it remains unknown whether spp cleavage influences viral infectivity and/or the assembly process. Here, evidence is provided that cleavage by spp is not required for assembly of(More)
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