DOI: 10.1128/jvi.00658-23 ISSN:

Virus hijacking of host epigenetic machinery to impair immune response

Maëlle Locatelli, Suzanne Faure-Dupuy
  • Virology
  • Insect Science
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology


Epigenetic modifications, such as DNA hypermethylation, histone acetylation/methylation, or nucleosome positioning, result in differential gene expression. These modifications can have an impact on various pathways, including host antiviral immune responses. In this review, we summarize the current understanding of epigenetic modifications induced by viruses to counteract host antiviral immune responses, which are crucial for establishing and maintaining infection of viruses. Finally, we provide insights into the potential use of epigenetic modulators in combating viral infections and virus-induced diseases.

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