Poxviral mimicry of complement and chemokine system components: what's the end game?

Numerous viral proteins mimic host immunoregulatory proteins, both structurally and functionally. This phenomenon appears to underlie viral evasion of host defense. These viral immunomodulatory proteins block viral neutralization and destruction of infected cells, and are also able to influence their habitat, preserving habitats that favor their growth and… CONTINUE READING