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Walter Atwood

Walter Atwood

Professor of Medical Science

Department: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, & Biochemistry

Phone: +1 401 863 3116

Email: Walter_Atwood@Brown.EDU

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70 Ship Street, Room 434 - 401-863-3116

Research Summary

Virus-receptor interactions; neuropathogenic viruses. Focused on studying the pathogenesis of the human polyomaviruses, JC Virus (JCV) and BK Virus (BKV).

Past or Present Projects Available:

JC virus, host/cell interaction in progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy; Evaluation of the role of cytokines in regulation of JCV gene expression; Characterization of JC virus entry into human glial cells; Formation of virus-like particles from JC virus VPI protein to study receptor specificity; Increase in BK virus infection of HEK293A and vero cells: possible transcriptional effect of the drug cyclosporine A through AP-1; Binding to viral promoter in dunlop; The effect of Cyclosporine A on BI virus infection; The role of COX-2/PGE2 in activation of latent papilloma infection; Determination of the structural and functional role of JVC 5-fold pore and viral genome release