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Virology. 1992 May;188(1):193-7.

Prevalence and distribution of latent simian varicella virus DNA in monkey ganglia.

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Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver 80262.


We used polymerase chain reaction to analyze the prevalence and distribution of latent simian varicella virus (SVV) in ganglionic and nonganglionic tissues from nine African green monkeys experimentally infected with SVV. Primers specific for three different regions of the SVV genome were used for amplification. SVV DNA sequences were detected in trigeminal ganglia from seven of nine monkeys and in thoracic ganglia from seven of nine monkeys. Analysis of DNA from nonneuronal tissues of three monkeys and from adrenal glands of nine monkeys revealed the presence of SVV-specific sequences in the adrenal gland of one monkey. The results indicate that, like human varicella, SVV becomes latent primarily in ganglia at multiple levels of the neuraxis, and more than one region of the SVV genome is present in latently infected ganglia. SVV latency in primates may be a useful model for varicella latency in humans.

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