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Primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection with marked constitutional symptoms is rare in immunocompetent individuals and in those with iatrogenic immunosuppression, except transplant recipients. Four patients admitted to hospital with clinical illnesses associated with primary CMV infection were identified over a 12-month period. Their medical records were(More)
BK polyomavirus (BKV) is highly prevalent in the human population, infecting children without obvious symptoms and persisting in the kidney in a latent state. In immunosuppressed patients, BKV is reactivated and excreted in urine. BKV isolates worldwide are classified into four serologically distinct subtypes, I-IV, with subtype I being the most frequently(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients frequently develop BK virus (BKV)-associated hemorrhagic cystitis, which coincides with BK viruria. However, the precise role of BKV in the etiology of hemorrhagic cystitis in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients remains unclear, since approximately 50% of all such adult transplant recipients excrete(More)
Cell membrane proteins play a vitally important role in influencing the behavior of cells. Knowledge of membrane protein type facilitates the determination of its functions, which has implications in numerous applications including drug design. Due to the increasingly large number of uncharacterized proteins in databanks such as NCBI's RefSeq, there is a(More)
Analysis of genetic variation in 16 varicella-zoster virus (VZV) isolates selected at random and circulating in the Irish population between March 2002 and February 2003 was carried out. A 919 bp fragment of the glycoprotein E gene (open reading frame 68) encompassing codon 150, at which a non-synonymous mutation defines the escape mutant VZV-MSP, and(More)
The mode of inheritance of hepatic mitochondrial carbamyl phosphate synthetase (CPS I) deficiency has not been established conclusively in the past. In this study, hepatic tissue obtained by percutaneous biopsy from all members of the immediate family of two girls affected with partial CPS I deficiency was assayed for CPS I, ornithine transcarbamylase(More)
Identification of patients with exposure to viral hepatitis is an important part of the care of patients with inflammatory arthritis. This study was conducted to assess the extent of hepatitis B and C screening, and the prevalence of viral hepatitis in a cohort of patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The medical records of 100 consecutive RA(More)
Membrane proteins are an important class of proteins that serve as channels, receptors, and energy transducers in a cell membrane. Knowledge of a given type of cell membrane protein is crucial for determining its function. This paper introduces an automated, in-silico method for identifying different types of membrane proteins based on their amino acid(More)