Viruses and sumoylation: recent highlights

Roberto Boggio, Susanna Chiocca

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Since its discovery in 1997, SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) has been implicated in a range of activities, indicating that this protein is as important in the cell as ubiquitin is. Although it can function throughout the cell, it appears to be involved more in nuclear functions. The growing list of substrates that are covalently modified by SUMO includes many viral proteins; SUMO appears to facilitate viral infection of cells, making it a possible target for antiviral therapies. It therefore is important to understand how viruses manipulate the cellular sumoylation system and how sumoylation affects viral functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-436
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases


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