Jessica M van Dun

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Primary infection with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and varicella zoster virus (VZV) results in lifelong latent infections of neurons in sensory ganglia such as the trigeminal ganglia (TG). It has been postulated that T cells retained in TG inhibit reactivation of latent virus. The acquisition of TG specimens of individuals within hours after death(More)
PURPOSE The incidence and clinical significance of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) acyclovir resistance were determined in patients with recurrent herpetic keratitis (RHK). METHODS Sequential corneal isolates (n = 39) from 15 immunocompetent patients with RHK were assayed for acyclovir susceptibility and genotyped by analyzing the hypervariable(More)
AIM Recent phylogenetic analyses on the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) genes US4, encoding glycoprotein G (gG) and US7, encoding gI, of clinical HSV-1 isolates have led to the classification of HSV-1 into three genotypes, arbitrarily designated as A, B and C. The prevalence of the HSV-1 gG and gI genotypes and their potential disease association was(More)
PURPOSE Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is thought to play a key role in chronic inflammatory diseases by governing the survival and function of infiltrating neutrophils. The objective of this study was to determine the putative role of GM-CSF in the pathogenesis of human herpetic stromal keratitis (HSK). METHODS Primary human(More)
We describe a three-color flow cytometry assay for the detection of virus-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in the cat. The assay is based upon detection of intracellular TNFalpha using the cross-reactive mAb 6401.1111, raised against the human cytokine. Allophycocyanin-conjugated mAb 6401.1111 specifically stained feline TNFalpha-producing murine cells and(More)
We describe the natural history, viral dynamics, and immunobiology of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a highly lethal coronavirus infection. A severe recurrent infection developed, typified by viral persistence and acute lymphopenia, with waves of enhanced viral replication coinciding with fever, weight loss, and depletion of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Our(More)
BACKGROUND We determined the prevalence and clinical consequences of herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 (HSV-1), HSV type 2 (HSV-2), and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) in cornea tissues obtained after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) was performed. METHODS The excised corneas of 83 patients with a history of herpetic keratitis (HK; hereafter referred to as(More)
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