Author(s): Mistrkov J, Mrmusov M, Durmanov V, Rajcni J
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Abstract BALB/c mice were infected with the lymphotropic mouse gammaherpesvirus (MHV-72). At late (7-12 months) post-infection intervals the latent virus was detected in the cells of lymphatic system (peripheral blood, lymphocytes and macrophages, thymocytes, lymph nodes, bone marrow, and peritoneal macrophages,) and in the spleen, lungs, liver, and kidney by cocultivation as well as by explantation. The MHV-72 infected mice, in which latency had been established, were treated with the immunosuppressive (IS) drug FK-506 (2 mg/kg/mouse for 30 days). This treatment increased the probability of virus reactivation by over two-fold. During the post-treatment observation period of 19 months, the incidence of lymphomas and the development of MHV-related lymphoproliferative and hemoblastic disorders raised to nearly five-fold in the drug treated mice as compared to untreated animals.
This article was published in Viral Immunol
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy