Journal of NeuroVirology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 82–87

Rabies virus receptors

Mini-Review—The Rabies Virus

DOI: 10.1080/13550280590900427

Cite this article as:
Lafon, M. Journal of NeuroVirology (2005) 11: 82. doi:10.1080/13550280590900427


There is convincing in vitro evidence that the muscular form of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), the neuronal cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), and the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) bind rabies virus and/or facilitate rabies virus entry into cells. Other components of the cell membrane, such as gangliosides, may also participate in the entry of rabies virus. However, little is known of the role of these molecules in vivo. This review proposes a speculative model that accounts for the role of these different molecules in entry and trafficking of rabies virus into the nervous system.


nAChR NCAM p75NTR rabies virus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unité de Neuroimmunologie Virale, Département de NeuroscienceInstitut PasteurParis cedex 15France

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