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Open Med (Wars). 2015 May 27;10(1):294-296. doi: 10.1515/med-2015-0042. eCollection 2015.

The latent cytomegalovirus decreases telomere length by microcompetition.

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The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD), Valley Cottage, NY 10989, USA.


Reduced telomere length has been associated with aging and age-related diseases. Latent infection with the Cytomegalovirus (CMV) induces telomere shortening in the infected cells. Latent CMV infection may cause reduced telomere length via GABP transcription factor deficiency, according to the Microcompetition Theory. Microcompetition and viral-induced transcription factor deficiency is important since most people harbor a latent viral infection.


Latent virus; microcompetition; telomere; transcription factor

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