Expression and function of chemokines during viral infections: from molecular mechanisms to in vivo function

J Leukoc Biol. 2003 Sep;74(3):331-43. doi: 10.1189/jlb.1102577.


Recruitment and activation of leukocytes are important for elimination of microbes, including viruses, from infected areas. Chemokines constitute a group of bioactive peptides that regulate leukocyte migration and also contribute to activation of these cells. Chemokines are essential mediators of inflammation and important for control of viral infections. The profile of chemokine expression contributes to shaping the immune response during viral infection, whereas viral subversion of the chemokine system allows the virus to evade antiviral activities of the host. In this review, we discuss the role of chemokines in host-defense against virus infections, and we also look deeper into the virus-cell interactions that trigger chemokine expression as well as the cellular signaling cascades involved.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chemokines / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Virus / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Virus Diseases / drug therapy
  • Virus Diseases / metabolism*


  • Chemokines
  • Receptors, Virus