Viruses Newsletter, April 2018

Viruses Open Access Journal newsletter. April 2018.




News and Announcements

Viruses 2018 Breakthroughs in Viral Replication held in Barcelona, Spain, 7-9 February 2018


Viruses has successfully held the conference Viruses 2018 Breakthroughs in Viral Replication , 7-9 February 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was chaired by Dr. Eric O. Freed (NIH, Editor-in-Chief of Viruses ) and Dr. Albert Bosch (University of Barcelona) and enabled participants to focus on the latest research developments in the field of viral replication. A total of 225 virologists from 33 countries around the world attended the stimulating three-day event, which consisted of six sessions and a poster exhibition of 137 posters. Dr. Pietro Scaturro was given the Best Oral Communication Award for his talk "An Orthogonal Proteomic Screen of Zika Virus Uncovers Novel Host-Dependency Factors" while Mr. Jamie Royle was given the Best Poster Award for this poster titled "Glucose Regulated Protein 78 (GRP78) Interacts with Zika Virus Envelope and is Required for a Productive Infection". The 2017 Viruses Young Investigator award winner, Dr. Andrew B. Ward, was awarded the prize by Dr. Eric O. Freed after his talk "Structure, Function, and Immune Recognition of the Enigmatic HIV Envelope Glycoprotein". You can find more information about the conference at: .

Affiliated Societies

Viruses has arranged an affiliation agreement with the American Society for Virology (ASV), Spanish Society for Virology (SEV), Canadian Society for Virology (CSV) and the Italian Society for Virology in order to disseminate the latest research of their virologists. All their members now profit from discounts on article processing charges, among other benefits. You can find more information about these societies at: .

Welcome on Board to our New Board Members

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Anna Cliffe, Dr. Elizabeth White, Dr. Moriah L. Szpara, Dr. Susana Tereno Valente and Dr. Xi Zhou have joined the editorial board of Viruses at the beginning of this year. Please find a list of all our board members at .

Dr. Anna Cliffe is from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia, USA. Her research interests include herpesviruses, latency, chromatin control of gene expression and virus-host interactions.

Dr. Elizabeth White is from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her present research interests include papillomavirus, virus-host interactions, tumor viruses as well as innate immunity.

Dr. Moriah L. Szpara is from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, USA. Her research interests include viral genetic variation and its impacts on phenotype, alpha-herpesviruses, comparative genomics, neurotropic viruses and virus-host interactions.

Dr. Susana Tereno Valente is from the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, the Scripps Research Institute, USA. Her research interests include HIV transcription, HIV-1 transcriptional inhibitors, HIV-1 latency, HIV-1 functional cure, tat inhibitors, capsid inhibitors, restriction factors and anti-HIV agents.

Dr. Xi Zhou is affiliated with Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. His research interests include RNA viruses, picornavirus, antiviral immunity, antiviral RNAi and viral helicase.

Featured Papers

The Magistral Phage

Pirnay, J.-P.; Verbeken, G.; Ceyssens, P.-J.; Huys, I.; De Vos, D.; Ameloot, C.; Fauconnier, A.
Viruses 2018 , 10 , 64, doi:10.3390/v10020064

Mammarenaviral Infection Is Dependent on Directional Exposure to and Release from Polarized Intestinal Epithelia.

Warner, N.L.; Jokinen, J.D.; Beier, J.I.; Sokoloski, K.J.; Lukashevich, I.S.
Viruses 2018 , 10 , 75, doi:10.3390/v10020075

Atomic Resolution Structures of Human Bufaviruses Determined by Cryo-Electron Microscopy.

Ilyas, M.; Mietzsch, M.; Kailasan, S.; V=C3=A4is=C3=A4nen, E.; Luo, M.; Chipman, P.; Smith, J.K.; Kurian, J.; Sousa, D.; McKenna, R.; S=C3=B6derlund-Venermo, M.; Agbandje-McKenna, M
Viruses 2018 , 10 , 22, doi:10.3390/v10010022

Rodent Papillomaviruses

Uberoi, A.; Lambert, P.F.
Viruses 2017 , 9 , 362, doi:10.3390/v9120362

DNA Tumor Virus Regulation of Host DNA Methylation and Its Implications for Immune Evasion and Oncogenesis

Kuss-Duerkop, S.K.; Westrich, J.A.; Pyeon, D.
Viruses 2018 , 10 , 82, doi:10.3390/v10020082

Special Issues Open for Submission

What's New with Flu? (Deadline: 31 July 2018)
Guest Editors: Christopher Byron Brooke and Seema Lakdawala

Breakthroughs in Viral Replication (Deadline: 25 September 2018)
Guest Editors: Eric O. Freed, Albert Bosch

New Advances on Zika Virus Research (Deadline: 30 September 2018)
Guest Editors: Luis Martinez-Sobrido and Fernando Almazan Toral

Varicella Zoster Virus (Deadline: 1 June 2018)
Guest Editor: Randall J. Cohrs

Viruses of Microbes V: Biodiversity and Future Applications (Deadline: 30 September 2018)
Guest Editors: Heather E. Allison, David Prangishvili, Ruth-Anne Sandaa

Here is the list of our ongoing Special Issues: here

Recently Closed Special Issues

Homage to Mark Wainberg (20 papers published)
Guest Editors: Thomas F. Baumert and Yujin Hoshida

Smallpox and Emerging Zoonotic Orthopoxviruses: What Is Coming Next? (27 papers published)
Guest Editors: Hermann Meyer, J=C3=B4natas Abrah=C3=A3o and Erna Geessien Kroon

Protoparvoviruses: Friends or Foes? (11 papers published)
Guest Editors: Christiane Dinsart and J=C3=BCrg N=C3=BCesch

Advances in Alphavirus Research (10 papers published)
Guest Editors: Tero Ahola and Beate M. K=C3=BCmmerer

Expert Views on HPV Infection (24 papers published)
Guest Editors: Alison A. McBride and Karl Munger

More News from MDPI

Eleven Journals Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary

Congratulations to the journals Cancers, Diversity, Future Internet, Nutrients, Polymers, Pharmaceutics, Remote Sensing, Sustainability, Symmetry, Toxins, and Water for publishing their 10th volume in 2018!

MDPI Becoming a Member of UKSG

We are proud to announce that MDPI is now a member of UKSG, the UK=C2=B4s largest scholarly communications community.

MDPI 2017 Annual Report Released

We are pleased to announce the MDPI Annual Report for 2017 has been released. It contains information regarding company and journal performance, conferences, and other publishing services that we provided throughout 2017.

MDPI / GRACE Engagement Award Winners Announced

The University of Basel and MDPI would like to sincerely congratulate Dr. Metka Hercog, Dr. Laure Sandoz, and Dr. Katrin Sontag, as well as Dr. Rita Kesselring for winning the GRACE Engagement Award, the first edition of which was held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel, Switzerland.

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