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Curr Opin Neurol. 1995 Jun;8(3):179-83.

Human T lymphotropic virus, type-I myelopathy: an immunopathologically mediated chronic progressive disease of the central nervous system.

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Viral Immunology Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Abstract

The human T lymphotropic virus, type-I is associated with a slowly progressive neurologic disorder termed human T lymphotropic virus, type-I associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis. Considerable information on the pathology, epidemiology, virology, and immunology is known about this disorder and will serve as a framework to define the role that a human retrovirus can play in human disease. In particular, this review will discuss the role of cellular immune responses to the virus in patients with human T lymphotropic virus, type-I associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis and how these responses may be associated with the pathogenesis of this disorder. By defining virus-specific functional cellular host responses we hope to improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms that may be involved in the neuropathology of human T lymphotropic virus, type-I associated neurologic disease.

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