Specialized receptors that recognize molecular patterns such as double stranded RNA duplexes-indicative of viral replication-are potent triggers of the innate immune system. Although their activation is beneficial during viral infection, RNA transcribed from endogenous mobile genetic elements may also act as ligands potentially causing autoimmunity. Recent advances indicate that the adenosine deaminase ADAR1 through RNA editing is involved in dampening the canonical antiviral RIG-I-like receptor-, PKR-, and OAS-RNAse L pathways to prevent autoimmunity. However, this inhibitory effect must be overcome during viral infections. In this review we discuss ADAR1's critical role in balancing immune activation and self-tolerance.

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Keywords ADAR1, cytoplasmic innate immunity, MDA5, OAS, PKR, RIG-I
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2019.01763, hdl.handle.net/1765/119695
Journal Frontiers in Immunology
Lamers, M.M, van den Hoogen, B.G, & Haagmans, B.L. (2019). ADAR1: "Editor-in-Chief" of Cytoplasmic Innate Immunity. Frontiers in Immunology (Vol. 10). doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.01763