Multistep entry of rotavirus into cells: a Versaillesque dance

Trends Microbiol. 2004 Jun;12(6):271-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2004.04.003.


Rotavirus entry into a cell is a complex multistep process in which different domains of the rotavirus surface proteins interact with different cell surface molecules, which act as attachment and entry receptors. These recently described molecules include several integrins and a heat shock protein, which have been found to be associated with cell membrane lipid microdomains. The requirement during viral entry for several cell molecules, which might be required to be present and organized in a precise fashion, could explain the selective cell and tissue tropism of these viruses. This review focuses on recent data describing the virus-receptor interactions, the role of lipid microdomains in rotavirus infection and the mechanism of rotavirus cell entry.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • HSC70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / metabolism*
  • Integrins / metabolism*
  • Membrane Microdomains / virology*
  • Receptors, Virus / physiology*
  • Rotavirus / physiology*


  • HSC70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Integrins
  • Receptors, Virus