Toll-like receptor-mediated recognition of herpes simplex virus

Front Biosci (Schol Ed). 2010 Jan 1;2:718-29. doi: 10.2741/s96.


Herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2, respectively) are two important human pathogens that belong to the genus simplex within the subfamily alpha of the Herpesvirinae. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) constitute a family of conserved sensors that play a prominent role during the early anti-viral response, including that against herpesviruses. Although substantial progress has been made, central questions remain to be solved to figure out how TLRs modulate viral pathogenesis. The aim of the present report is to review the current knowledge about TLR recognition and signaling of herpesviruses, focusing on HSV infection. The relative contribution of the TLR-mediated immune responses to antiviral immunity versus viral pathogenesis will be discussed as well.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aminoquinolines / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Cytokines / metabolism
  • Herpes Simplex / immunology*
  • Herpes Simplex / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Imidazoles / pharmacology
  • Imiquimod
  • Mice
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*
  • Simplexvirus / drug effects
  • Simplexvirus / immunology
  • Simplexvirus / physiology*
  • Toll-Like Receptors / agonists
  • Toll-Like Receptors / metabolism*


  • Aminoquinolines
  • Cytokines
  • Imidazoles
  • Toll-Like Receptors
  • Imiquimod
  • resiquimod