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Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jan;43(Database issue):D588-92. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku830. Epub 2014 Sep 12.

VirusMentha: a new resource for virus-host protein interactions.

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Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.
Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy Fondazione Santa Lucia Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS), Rome, Italy.


Viral infections often cause diseases by perturbing several cellular processes in the infected host. Viral proteins target host proteins and either form new complexes or modulate the formation of functional host complexes. Describing and understanding the perturbation of the host interactome following viral infection is essential for basic virology and for the development of antiviral therapies. In order to provide a general overview of such interactions, a few years ago we developed VirusMINT. We have now extended the scope and coverage of VirusMINT and established VirusMentha, a new virus-virus and virus-host interaction resource build on the detailed curation protocols of the IMEx consortium and on the integration strategies developed for mentha. VirusMentha is regularly and automatically updated every week by capturing, via the PSICQUIC protocol, interactions curated by five different databases that are part of the IMEx consortium. VirusMentha can be freely browsed at and its complete data set is available for download.

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