Marinella Portolani

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Human embryonic fibroblasts (HEF) have been transformed by BK virus (BKV) DNA and by u.v.-inactivated or live BKV alone or in association with methyl-cholanthrene (MTC). The transformed cells produced BKV large T and small t antigens as well as the cellular 53 kdal protein, detected by immunofluorescence and immunoprecipitation. After an initial phase of(More)
We report nine cases of clinical manifestations by Toscana virus (TOSV) diagnosed at the Centre for the Diagnosis of Viral Diseases of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in the inhabitants of Modena province (Emilia Romagna region), in the triennium 1999-2001. TOSV was involved in six cases of meningitis, two of meningoencephalitis and one case of(More)
A 7-year-old male presented sudden-onset left hemiparesis, left-sided paresthesia, central paralysis of the left VII cranial nerve, and subsequent headache. Magnetic resonance scans were obtained 24 hours after admission. T(2)-weighted images disclosed hyperintensities located mainly in the posterior portion of the lenticular nucleus and in the head and(More)
Recent reports suggest that several viruses, besides human immunodeficiency virus, induce apoptosis in infected cells. We report here that Sendai virus or Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), two potent inducers of interferon-alpha, caused cell death in a consistent number of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. A careful analysis of infected cells by(More)
Hamster kidney cells transformed by BK virus (HKBK cells) were studied at low passage (about 30 subcultures) after transformation and at high passage (about 130 subcultures) after transforming. Several in vitro properties (rescue of virus, presence of T antigen, colony formation on plastic, in soft agar, on monolayers of normal cells, and serum dependency(More)
Sera from a sample of healthy Italian people were tested in an indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) for reactivity to a Human Herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) strain called CV, isolated from a baby with exanthem subitum (Portolani et al., 1990). Seropositivity values of 83.78%, 92.68% and 63.64% were found in subjects aged 3 months-6 years, 6-18 years and over 18(More)
Nalidixic acid and oxolinic acid, two antibacterial agents known to inhibit bacterial DNA gyrase, are shown to suppress the replication, as well as the cytopathic effect, of BK virus in Vero cell cultures. The inhibition of virus replication was detectable at day 4 post infection in cultures which had been continuously exposed to drugs at concentrations as(More)
Syncytial giant-cell hepatitis is a rare but severe form of hepatitis that is associated with autoimmune diseases, drug reactions, and viral infections. We used serologic, molecular, and immunohistochemical methods to search for an infectious cause in a case of syncytial giant-cell hepatitis that developed in a liver-transplant recipient who had latent(More)
Sera from a sample of children aged 3 months to 6 years and from cord blood were tested in an indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) for reactivity to human herpesviruses 6 (HHV-6) and 7 (HHV-7). HHV-6 seropositivity values rose from 19% to 79.3% in the first 18 months of life, while HHV-7 seroprevalence reached a similar value (75.9%) in children aged 3-6(More)
We investigated a transmissible cytotoxicity isolated in VERO cell cultures from a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drawn from a woman with ischemic brain injury. Amorphous aggregates formed by subunities of approximately 11 nm of diameter were detected in ultracentrifugates from partially purified cytotoxic cell preparations in the absence of(More)