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A hallmark of many diseases and cancers is the aberrant regulation of chromatin. Much like the cellular genome, viral genomes are compacted in virus particles with small basic molecules to maximize space and be poised for gene expression. Some DNA viruses use cellular histone proteins to compact their genomes whereas others use small basic molecules. The Avgousti lab in the Human Biology Division at Fred Hutch uses a multidisciplinary approach to uncover the mechanisms by which viruses hijack chromatin. Our goal is to advance basic understanding of viral manipulation of chromatin and reveal new aspects of chromatin biology thereby providing new avenues for possible therapeutic advances.
Our current research efforts are divided among studies of (1) a small basic protein from adenovirus, protein VII, that serves to compact its genome while wreaking havoc on the host genome, (2) host histones found on herpesvirus genomes during infection and how they can be exploited to block infection, and (3) using viral tools to block inflammation and cancer progression.
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