5 years ago

Population diversity and collective interactions during influenza virus replication and evolution.

Brooke CB
Influenza A virus (IAV) continues to pose an enormous and unpredictable global public health threat, largely due to the continual evolution of escape from pre-existing immunity and the potential for zoonotic emergence. Understanding how the unique genetic make-up and structure of IAV populations influences their transmission and evolution is essential for developing more effective vaccines, therapeutics, and surveillance capabilities. Owing to their mutation-prone replicase and unique genome organization, IAV populations exhibit enormous amounts of diversity both in terms of sequence and functional gene content. Here, I review what is currently known about the genetic and genomic diversity present within IAV populations, and how this diversity may shape the replicative and evolutionary dynamics of these viruses.

Publisher URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28855247

DOI: PubMed:28855247

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