Herpes virus articles from across Nature Portfolio

Herpesvirus is an infectious agent belonging to the virus family Herpesviridae that causes latent and lytic infections in a wide range of animals and humans. There are 8 herpesvirus types currently known to infect humans, including Herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and human cytomegalovirus.

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    Two recent papers implicate Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) as a trigger for the development of multiple sclerosis and provide mechanistic insights into EBV-mediated development of the disease.

    • Andrea Du Toit
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    This study provides insights into the neuroinvasive mechanism of neurotropic alphaherpesviruses, which involves viral assimilation and repurposing of a cellular motor protein.

    • Andrea Du Toit
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    This study reports the development of a CRISPR –Cas9 therapeutic to target herpes simplex virus 1 and treat herpetic stromal keratitis in mice.

    • Grant Otto
  • News & Views |

    Topical administration of aminoglycoside antibiotics has been shown to induce expression of interferon-stimulated genes in dendritic cells, inducing an antiviral state in the vaginal and lung mucosa that increases resistance to infection with herpes simplex virus 1, influenza and Zika viruses.

    • Jeffrey I. Cohen
    Nature Microbiology 3, 531-532