Dario DiLuca

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Shortly after the discovery of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), two distinct variants, HHV-6A and HHV-6B, were identified. In 2012, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) classified HHV-6A and HHV-6B as separate viruses. This review outlines several of the documented epidemiological, biological, and immunological distinctions between HHV-6A(More)
There are few genes that are specific and diagnostic for human herpesvirus-6. U83 and U22 are two of them. U22 is unique, whereas U83 encodes distant similarity with some cellular chemokines. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, cDNA cloning, and sequence analyses show polyadenylated RNA transcripts corresponding to minor full-length and(More)
The human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) variant A genome has conserved sequences which are signals for initiating lytic replication (origin, 'ori-lyt') and DNA packaging into the virion (pac2/1). Here these are functionally characterised and used to construct a gene-expression amplifiable-vector, an 'amplicon', with applications for gene delivery to(More)
Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV), notably HPV type 16, are associated with flat or inverted proliferative lesions of the cervix uteri that can progress to malignancy. As a first step towards the serological study of the epidemiology of HPV, we have synthesized the entire amino acid sequences of the 2 major viral capsid proteins of HPV type 16, L1(More)
After inheritance of chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (ciHHV-6), viral DNA is found in every nucleated cell. The prevalence of ciHHV-6 is estimated to be 0.2-5% of humans. There are conflicting data on the potential for replication, possibly leading to clinical implications. We analysed peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from individuals with ciHHV-6(More)
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