Jacobs University researchers explain how herpesviruses escape from the immune system

Herpesviruses are the cause of many diseases, such as shingles or mononucleosis (‚kissing disease‘) that compromise our quality of life. While the human immune system can usually prevent the spread of herpesviruses, it cannot entirely eliminate them from our bodies. This is because these viruses contain a vast arsenal of factors that thereby conceal the virus from the immune system. These are the so-called immuno-evasins. The research group of Sebastian Springer, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University Bremen, have now explained the function of one such immuno-evasin. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)