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Latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) encoded by open reading frame 73 (ORF73) is the major latent protein expressed in all forms of KSHV-associated malignancies. LANA is a large (222-234 kDa) nuclear protein that interacts with various cellular as well as viral proteins. LANA has been classified as an oncogenic protein as it dysregulates various(More)
A number of lines of evidence point to the possible involvement of estrogen pathways in the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder in general and puerperal psychosis in particular. There is strong evidence from clinical, follow-up, and genetic studies to support the hypothesis that most cases of puerperal psychosis are manifestations of an affective disorder(More)
The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) nuclear antigen 3C (EBNA-3C) regulates virus and cell genes and is essential for EBV-mediated transformation of primary B lymphocytes. EBNA-3C associates with the cellular DNA sequence-specific transcription factors RBP-Jkappa and PU.1 and coactivates the EBV LMP1 promoter with EBNA-2 in BL2 and Raji cells under conditions of(More)
Puerperal psychosis, an episode of mania or psychosis precipitated by childbirth follows approximately one in 1000 deliveries. The evidence of clinical, outcome and genetic studies supports the hypothesis that the majority of puerperal psychotic episodes are manifestations of an affective disorder diathesis with a puerperal trigger. Furthermore the(More)
The Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), and the induction of an invasive cellular phenotype by KSHV following de novo infection is an important pathogenic component mediating tumor progression. The metastasis suppressor gene known as Nm23-H1 regulates tumor cell invasiveness, but whether KSHV(More)
Herpesvirus persistence requires a dynamic balance between latent and lytic cycle gene expression, but how this balance is maintained remains enigmatic. We have previously shown that the Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) major latency transcripts encoding LANA, vCyclin, vFLIP, v-miRNAs, and Kaposin are regulated, in part, by a chromatin(More)
Eighty-two patients, who were treated for post partum illness between 1946 and 1971, were identified and followed up. Diagnostically, the sample comprised unipolar depression (52%), bipolar disorder (18%), schizophrenia (16%), abnormal personality with depression (8%), organic disorder (2%), and obsessional state with depression and paranoid disorder (1%(More)
Up to half of parous females with bipolar disorder (manic depression) develop an episode of severe psychiatric disturbance, usually called puerperal psychosis, within a few days of giving birth. We report significant evidence (p<0.003) that variation at the serotonin transporter gene exerts a substantial (odds ratio=4) and important (population attributable(More)
Laryngeal cancer remains a worldwide health problem. The identification of biomarkers unique to laryngeal cancer may provide new insights into its pathogenesis, as well as provide potential targets for novel therapies and early detection. In order to identify potential biomarkers, we performed a proteomic analysis of laryngeal cancer specimens. Using(More)
CONCLUSION Our results indicate that viral load may serve as an independent prognostic indicator for patients with HPV-16-associated squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil. OBJECTIVE HPV-16 has gained increasing attention as a possible causative agent for squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil. Recent reports have indicated that the viral load within the(More)