The DNA damage response induced by infection with human cytomegalovirus and other viruses

Viruses. 2014 May 23;6(5):2155-85. doi: 10.3390/v6052155.


Viruses use different strategies to overcome the host defense system. Recent studies have shown that viruses can induce DNA damage response (DDR). Many of these viruses use DDR signaling to benefit their replication, while other viruses block or inactivate DDR signaling. This review focuses on the effects of DDR and DNA repair on human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) replication. Here, we review the DDR induced by HCMV infection and its similarities and differences to DDR induced by other viruses. As DDR signaling pathways are critical for the replication of many viruses, blocking these pathways may represent novel therapeutic opportunities for the treatment of certain infectious diseases. Lastly, future perspectives in the field are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cytomegalovirus / physiology*
  • DNA Damage*
  • DNA Repair
  • Humans
  • SOS Response, Genetics*
  • Virus Replication*