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BACKGROUND In order to determine whether human prostate can be productively infected by HIV-1 strains with different tropism, and thus represent a potential source of HIV in semen, an organotypic culture of prostate from men undergoing prostatic adenomectomy for benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) was developed. The presence of potential HIV target cells in(More)
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a severe demyelinating disease, which is rapidly fatal and is due to JC virus (JCV) infection, which especially occurs in HIV-infected patients. To investigate JCV pathophysiology and to evaluate the predictive value of JCV detection in blood, we looked for JCV DNA in leukocytes and plasma of 96 patients(More)
BACKGROUND The immuno-privileged status of the testis is essential to the maintenance of its functions, and innate immunity is likely to play a key role in limiting harmful viral infections, as demonstrated in the rat. In men mumps virus infects Leydig cells and has deleterious effects on testosterone production and spermatogenesis. The aim of this study(More)
In a study of the transmissibility of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in haemophilic and non-haemophilic children living together in a boarding school in France, half of the haemophilic children had seroconverted by the end of a 3-year study period. By contrast none of the non-haemophilic children seroconverted. All children had had close casual contact,(More)
Interferons beta (INF) would be a good recombinant therapeutic choice for the management of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Three forms are approved in various countries including one IFN beta-1b (Betaféron) and two IFN beta-1a (Avonex and Ribif). These agents are apparently similar although they are not identical. Differences may be of(More)
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