February 12, 2019

New PLOS Pathogens Publication

E-12 MSTP student Heather Machkovech has a publication in January’s issue of PLOS Pathogens. This publication investigates the sites in the mRNAs that initiate protein translation during influenza infection. In particular, it explores whether some of this translation initiates at codons other than the canonical ones used to produce the primary protein product of each gene. Their results suggest that alternate translation initiation plays a role in shaping the repertoires of both viral and host proteins that are produced during influenza infection.