János Minárovits

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During space flight the function of the immune system changes significantly. Several papers reported that postflight the number and the proportion of circulating leukocytes in astronauts are modified (Leach, 1992), the in vitro mitogen induced T cell activation is depressed (Cogoli et al., 1985; Konstantinova et al. 1993) and there are detectable(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a human gammaherpesvirus, is associated with a series of malignant tumors. These include lymphomas (Burkitt's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, T/NK-cell lymphoma, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, AIDS-associated lymphoma, X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome), carcinomas (nasopharyngeal carcinoma, gastric carcinoma,(More)
We have shown previously that the EBNA 1 and latent membrane protein encoding regions of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) genome are highly methylated at CCGG sequences in the Burkitt's lymphoma (BL)-derived cell line Rael, but are unmethylated in a lymphoblastoid cell line (LCL) harbouring the same virus. To examine whether this is a regular phenomenon, we(More)
The authors performed analysis of the prion protein gene (PRNP) in 27 out of 109 confirmed prion disease patients between 1994 and 2004. E200K mutation was found in 17 cases. Another 10 patients, lacking PRNP analysis, showed positive family history. The mean annual incidence (0.27/million) and proportion (25.6%) of genetic prion disease is unusually high(More)
Here, we wish to highlight the genetic exchange and epigenetic interactions between Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and its host. EBV is associated with diverse lymphoid and epithelial malignancies. Their molecular pathogenesis is accompanied by epigenetic alterations which are distinct for each of them. While lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from B cells(More)
EBNA1, a nuclear protein expressed in all EBV-associated neoplasms is indispensable for the maintenance of the viral episomes in latently infected cells. EBNA1 may induce genetic alterations by upregulating cellular recombinases, production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and affecting p53 levels and function. All these changes may contribute to(More)
The EBV carrying lines MEC1 and MEC2 were established earlier from explants of blood derived cells of a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patient at different stages of progression to prolymphocytoid transformation (PLL). This pair of lines is unique in several respects. Their common clonal origin was proven by the rearrangement of the immunoglobulin(More)
A phage infecting Mycobacterium phlei was isolated in 1958 from a soil sample in Hungary. Some physicochemical and biological properties of the virus were described in independent studies over the years. Here, we report the genome sequence of this early mycobacteriophage isolate. The Phlei phage genome measured 50,418 bp, had a GC content of 60.1 % and was(More)
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