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Adv Virus Res. 1996;46:195-261.

Cell types involved in replication and distribution of human cytomegalovirus.

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Institut für Klinische und Molekulare Virologie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.


As the number of patients suffering from severe HCMV infections has steadily increased, there is a growing need to understand the molecular mechanisms by which the virus causes disease. The factors that control infection at one time and the events leading to virus multiplication at another time are only beginning to be understood. The interaction of HCMV with different host cells is one key for elucidating these processes. Through modern techniques, much has been learned about the biology of HCMV infections in culture systems. In addition to endothelial cells, epithelial cells, and smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts are one cell population preferentially infected in solid tissues in vivo. From these sites of multiplication, the virus may be carried by peripheral monocytes and circulating endothelial cells to reach distant sites of the body. This would explain the multiorgan involvement in acute HCMV infection and the modes of viral transmission. From what has been learned mainly from human fibroblast culture systems, future studies will focus on how HCMV regulates the expression of its putative 200 genes in different host cells at different stages of cell differentiation and activation to result in viral latency and pathogenesis.

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