Cell death is a powerful tool through which organisms can inhibit the spread of viruses by preventing their replication. In this work, I used viral and chemical stressors to elucidate the mechanisms by which one anti-viral system might be activated over another, focusing on the programmable death pathway necroptosis and Protein Kinase R (PKR). PKR can detect viral dsRNA and trigger antiviral effects such as cessation of translation and induction of programmed death.
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- Doctoral Dissertation Biological Design 2018