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J Neurovirol. 2011 Dec;17(6):552-8. doi: 10.1007/s13365-011-0071-0. Epub 2011 Dec 30.

The herpes simplex virus type 1 latency associated transcript locus is required for the maintenance of reactivation competent latent infections.

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Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0524, USA. richard.thompson@uc.edu

Abstract

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) establishes latent infections in sensory neurons from which it can periodically reactivate and cause recurrent disease and transmission to new hosts. Little is known about the virally encoded mechanisms that influence the maintenance of HSV latent infectious and modulate the frequency of virus reactivation from the latent state. Here, we report that the latency associated transcript locus of HSV-1 is required for long-term maintenance of reactivation competent latent infections.

PMID:
22207584
PMCID:
PMC3299008
DOI:
10.1007/s13365-011-0071-0
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