Methods and Compositions in the Treatment of Coronaviruses
The invention relates generally to the field of virology, and relates to the identification and characterization of the targets involved in the evasion strategy of viruses and to the use thereof in methods to identify anti-viral compounds. More in particular to identify compounds which are modulators of myosin light chain kinase (MLCK), a target within said entry and immune-evasion strategy.; Other aspects of the invention are directed to anti-viral compounds identified using the models and methods of the present invention, as well as to the use thereof in treating viral infections, such as for example caused by the feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV), a coronavirus which belongs to an antigenic group which comprises in particular feline enteric coronavirus (FECV), canine coronavirus (CCV), swine transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus (TGEV), porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV) and human coronavirus (HCV), and which induces, in a host-dependent manner, a range of symptoms which range from mild enteritis to the severe debilitating disease, and, in some cases, up to death. In a particular aspect the present invention provides the use of MLCK inhibitors for the treatment of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).
DEWERCHIN HANNAH [BE]; NAUWYNCK HANS [BE]
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