Aleksei Lulla Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Estonia
1 protocol

Andres Merits Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Estonia
1 protocol
David Paul Medical Research Council
12 protocols

Timo Lehti University of Helsinki
12 protocols

Vaibhav Shah The University of New South Wales
10 protocols

Vamseedhar Rayaprolu Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University
18 protocols

Valeria Lulla
  • Post-Doc, University of Cambridge
Research focus
  • Microbiology
  • RNA viruses
  • 1 Author merit


PhD, 2007

Lab information

Andrew Firth lab


1. Mutso M, Morro AM, Smedberg C, Kasvandik S, Aquilimeba M, Teppor M, Tarve L, Lulla A, Lulla V, Saul S, McInerney GM, Merits A, Varjak M. (2018). Mutation of CD2AP and SH3KBP1 Binding Motif in Alphavirus nsP3 Hypervariable Domain Results in Attenuated Virus. Viruses, 10(5). PMID: 29702546
2. Lulla V, Karo-Astover L, Rausalu K, Saul S, Merits A, Lulla A. (2018). Timeliness of proteolytic events is prerequisite for efficient functioning of the alphaviral replicase. Journal of Virology, in press. PMID: 29695431
3. Lulla V, Losada A, Lecollinet S, Kerviel A, Lilin T, Sailleau C, Beck C, Zientara S, Roy P. (2017). Protective efficacy of multivalent replication-abortive vaccine strains in horses against African horse sickness virus challenge. Vaccine, 35(33):4262-4269. PMID: 28625521
4. Ramachandran M, Yu D, Dyczynski M, Baskaran S, Zhang L, Lulla A, Lulla V, Saul S, Nelander S, Dimberg A, Merits A, Leja-Jarblad J, Essand M. (2016). Safe and Effective Treatment of Experimental Neuroblastoma and Glioblastoma Using Systemically Delivered Triple MicroRNA-Detargeted Oncolytic Semliki Forest Virus. Clinical Cancer Research, 23(6):1519-1530. PMID: 27637889
5. Lulla V, Lulla A, Wernike K, Aebischer A, Beer M, Roy P. (2016). Assembly of Replication-Incompetent African Horse Sickness Virus Particles: Rational Design of Vaccines for All Serotypes. Journal of Virology, 90(16):7405-14. PMID: 27279609
6. Reynaud JM, Lulla V, Kim DY, Frolova EI, Frolov I. (2015). The SD1 subdomain of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus capsid protein plays a critical role in nucleocapsid and particle assembly. Journal of Virology, 90(4):2008-2020. PMID: 26656680
7. Utt A, Das PK, Varjak M, Lulla V, Lulla A, Merits A. (2015). Mutations conferring a noncytotoxic phenotype on Chikungunya virus replicons compromise enzymatic properties of nonstructural protein 2. Journal of Virology, 89: 3145-3162. PMID: 25552719
8. Her Z, Teng TS, Tan JJL, Teo TH, Kam YW, Lum FM, Lee WWL, Gabriel C, Melchiotti R, Andiappan AK, Lulla V, Lulla A, Win MK, Chow A, Biswas SK, Leo YS, Lecuit M, Merits A, Rénia L, Ng LF. (2015). Loss of TLR3 aggravates CHIKV replication and pathology due to an altered virus‐specific neutralizing antibody response. EMBO Molecular Medicine 7: 24-41. PMID: 25452586
9. Hallengärd D, Lum FM, Kümmerer B, Lulla A, Lulla V, Garcia-Arriaza J, Fazakerley JK, Roques P, Le Grand R, Merits A, Ng LF, Esteban M, Liljeström P. (2014). Prime-boost immunization strategies against Chikungunya virus. Journal of Virology, 88: 13333-13343. PMID: 25210177
10. Hallengärd D, Kakoulidou M, Lulla A, Kümmerer B, Johansson D, Mutso M, Lulla V, Fazakerley F, Roques P, Le Grand R, Merits A, Liljeström P. (2014). Novel attenuated Chikungunya vaccine candidates elicit protective immunity in C57BL/6 mice. Journal of Virology, 88: 2858-2866. PMID: 24371047
11. Lulla V, Kim DY, Frolova EI, Frolov I. (2013). The amino-terminal domain of alphavirus capsid protein is dispensable for viral particle assembly, but regulates RNA encapsidation through cooperative function of its subdomains. Journal of Virology, 87: 12003-12019. PMID: 24006447
12. Nikonov A, Mölder T, Sikut R, Kiiver K, Männik A, Toots U, Lulla A, Lulla V, Utt A, Merits A, Ustav M. (2013). RIG-I and MDA-5 detection of viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase activity restricts positive-strand RNA virus replication. PLoS Pathogens, 9: e1003610. PMID: 24039580
13. Lulla V, Karo-Astover L, Rausalu K, Merits A, Lulla A. (2013). Presentation overrides specificity: probing the plasticity of alphaviral proteolytic activity through mutational analysis. Journal of Virology, 87: 10207-10220. PMID: 23864614
14. Gläsker S, Lulla A, Lulla V, Couderc T, Liljeström P, Lecuit M, Drosten C, Merits A, Kuemmerer BM. (2013). Virus replicon particle based Chikungunya virus neutralization assay using Gaussia luciferase as readout. Virology Journal, 10: 235. PMID: 23855906
15. Teo T-H, Lum F-M, Claser C, Lulla V, Lulla A, Merits A, Renia L, Ng LFP. (2013). A pathogenic role for CD4+ T cells during Chikungunya virus infection in mice. Journal of Immunology, 190: 259-269. PMID: 23209328
16. Lulla A, Lulla V, Merits A. (2012). Macromolecular assembly-driven processing of the 2/3 cleavage site in the alphavirus replicase polyprotein. Journal of Virology, 86: 553-565. PMID: 22031949
17. Rausalu K, Iofik A, Ülper L, Karo-Astover L, Lulla V, Merits A. (2009). Properties and use of novel replication-competent vectors based on Semliki Forest virus. Virology Journal, 6: 33. PMID: 19317912
18. Lulla V, Sawicki DL, Sawicki SG, Lulla A, Merits A, Ahola T. (2008). Molecular defects caused by temperature-sensitive mutations in Semliki Forest virus nsP1. Journal of Virology, 82: 9236-9244. PMID: 18596091
19. Tamberg N*, Lulla V*, Fragkoudis R, Lulla A, Fazakerley J, Merits A. (2007). Insertion of EGFP into the replicase gene of Semliki Forest virus results in novel, genetically stable marker virus. Journal of General Virology, 88: 1225-1230. PMID: 17374766 (* equal contribution)
20. Lulla V, Merits A, Sarin P, Kääriäinen L, Keränen S, Ahola T. (2006). Identification of mutations causing temperature-sensitive defects in Semliki Forest virus RNA synthesis. Journal of Virology, 80: 3108-3111. PMID: 16501123
21. Lulla A, Lulla V, Tints K, Ahola T, Merits A. (2006). Molecular determinants of substrate specificity for Semliki Forest virus nonstructural protease. Journal of Virology, 80: 5413-5422. PMID: 16699022
22. Vasiljeva L, Merits A, Golubtsov A, Sizemskaja V, Ahola T. (2003). Regulation of the sequential processing of Semliki Forest virus replicase polyprotein. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 278: 41636-41645. PMID: 12917405
1 Protocol published
IFN-α/β Detection Assay Using Sensor Cell Lines
Authors:  Valeria Lulla, Andres Merits and Aleksei Lulla, date: 05/20/2014, view: 5293, Q&A: 0
Type I interferons (IFN-α/β) play an important role in host resistance to viral infections. Signaling through the JAK-STAT pathway, IFN-α/β stimulates response elements (ISRE) in the promoters of ISG to regulate their expression (reviewed in ...
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Pathogenicity Assay of Verticillium nonalfalfae on Hop Plants
Authors:  Marko Flajšman, Sebastjan Radišek and Branka Javornik, date: 03/20/2017, view: 3273, Q&A: 0
Verticillium nonalfalfae is a soil-borne plant pathogen that infects its hosts through roots. It spreads in the plant’s xylem and causes wilt disease symptoms by secreting different virulence factors. Hop (Humulus lupulus) is a ...
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Quantitative Measurements of HIV-1 and Dextran Capture by Human Monocyte-derived Dendritic Cells (MDDCs)
Authors:  Mickaël M. Ménager and Dan R. Littman, date: 11/20/2016, view: 3948, Q&A: 0
The aim of this protocol is to describe how to measure and quantify the amount of HIV-1 particles and dextran molecules internalized in human monocyte derived dendritic cells (MDDCs), using three different techniques: flow cytometry, quantitative ...
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