Carol-Ann Amella

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When transcriptionally active, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) promoter contains a nucleosome-free region encompassing both the promoter/enhancer region and a large region (255 nucleotides [nt]) downstream of the transcription start site. We have previously identified new binding sites for transcription factors downstream of the transcription start(More)
Infection of target cells by HIV-1 requires initial binding interactions between the viral envelope glycoprotein gp120, the cell surface protein CD4, and one of the members of the seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled chemokine receptor family. Most primary isolates (R5 strains) use chemokine receptor CCR5, but some primary syncytium-inducing, as well as T(More)
Previous reports have demonstrated that the U1 cell line, a model for postintegration latency, is defective at the level of Tat function and can be rescued by exogenously provided Tat protein. Sequence analysis of tat cDNAs from the U1 cell line identified two distinct forms of Tat, in agreement with the fact that this cell line contains two integrated(More)
Latent human papillomavirus infection, a very common event, is most likely the source of primary and recurrent papillomas of the respiratory and genital tracts and might also be the source of neoplastic lesions of the female genital tract and the penis. We have developed a simple model for papillomavirus latency using cottontail rabbit papillomavirus. Skin(More)
Thirty-three patients with moderate to severe recurrent laryngeal papillomatosis underwent photodynamic therapy at our institution. All received 2.5 mg/kg of dihematoporphyrin ether intravenously either 48 or 72 hours prior to photoactivation with an argon pump dye laser system. Photosensitivity was the only side effect seen. Statistical analysis showed a(More)
Respiratory tract tissues containing latent human papillomavirus (HPV) 11 were analyzed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction for the presence of viral-specific RNA from the early region of the genome and compared to a similar analysis of laryngeal papillomas. Latently infected tissue contained low-abundance transcripts that could code for E1(More)
Primary isolates of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) predominantly use chemokine receptor CCR5 to enter target cells. The natural ligands of CCR5, the beta-chemokines macrophage inflammatory protein 1alpha (MIP-1alpha), MIP-1beta, and RANTES, interfere with HIV-1 binding to CCR5 receptors and decrease the amount of virions entering cells.(More)
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