University of Jyväskylä

A significant funding for herpesvirus research

The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted considerable funding, 665 000 €, for Adjunct Professor Maija Vihinen-Ranta (Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Nanoscience Center at University of Jyväskylä) for a herpesvirus research. The funding is scheduled for three years.

Finding a way out: herpesviral egress from the nucleus 
Despite the fact that herpesviruses are a significant cause of various human diseases, and increasingly used as vehicles for gene delivery and oncolytic virus therapy. The research project will determine the nuclear egress dynamics and interactions of herpesviruses. The aim is to clarify the bottlenecks of intranuclear trafficking, compacted chromatin in particular, that restrict progress of viral infection. The knowledge can be used for developing improved means of release and transduction of the newly formed viral vectors to the neighbouring cancer cells.

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