Department of Molecular Virology
At the Department of Molecular Virology AMU, we conduct research on three groups of viruses that infect bacteria, plants and animals.
We are currently working on the factors involved in the process of infection and transformation of cells with Human papillomavirus (HPV), the molecular mechanism of antiviral action of extracts obtained from extracts and latex (milky sap) of medicinal plant Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus L.), genomics, genome bioinformatics, transcriptomics and phylogenetics of viruses infecting gram-positive bacteria, as well as the use of bacteriophage proteins in practice.
In particular, we are working on the development of a high-throughput method of isolating phage enzymes with antibacterial activity (enzybiotics) directly from metagenomes isolated from the environment, the activity of latex components from medicinal plant Chelidonium majus L. against human papillomavirus (HPV), understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for the functions of pathogenesis-related proteins from Chelidonium majus latex, and analysis of factors cooperating with human papillomavirus (HPV) in the process of carcinogenesis.
Recently, we have implemented a project on plant-derived compounds as potential antiviral agents in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.