Rajesh Selvakumar

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This study has identified a single amino acid change in the viral glycoprotein that profoundly affects the ability of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) to persist in its natural host. Adult immunocompetent mice infected with a variant of the Armstrong strain, spleen isolate clone 13 (svA/svA), harbor virus for several months and exhibit suppressed T(More)
Immunization of rabbits with either L1, the major structural protein, or L2, a minor structural protein of cottontail rabbit papillomavirus (CRPV), protected against challenge with the virus. Neutralizing antibodies were elicited by both the L1 and L2 trpE fusion proteins. Neutralization with anti-L1 serum, however, was more efficient than with anti-L2(More)
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus is the major animal model for cancer-associated papillomaviruses. Here we show that vaccination with the nonstructural proteins E1 and E2 induces the regression of virus-induced papillomas and that vaccination is equally effective when proteins are given with and without adjuvant. There was no correlation between antibody(More)
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus (CRPV) is a highly oncogenic papillomavirus and has been successfully used as a model to develop protective vaccines against papillomaviruses. Papillomas induced by the virus may spontaneously regress, suggesting that CRPV can also serve as a model to develop therapeutic vaccines. As a first step toward this goal, we have(More)
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus induces benign tumors, papillomas, in rabbits which progress at a high frequency to malignant tumors, carcinomas. Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus therefore provides an experimental model for oncogenic human papillomaviruses. The nature of the antigens recognized by the host has not been identified at any stage of tumor(More)
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus is the major papillomavirus animal model with which to study host-virus interactions. As with human papillomaviruses, papillomas may spontaneously regress, persist, or progress to carcinoma. Here we show that the majority (88%) of regressor rabbits had antibody to the nonstructural protein E2 compared to 29% in animals with(More)
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus (CRPV)-induced papillomas progress at a high frequency to carcinomas and thus can serve as a model for high-cancer-risk human papillomavirus infection. Previously, we have shown that antibodies to nonstructural and structural proteins are detected in only a fraction of papilloma-bearing animals. However, the antibody(More)
A high-density mucin glycoprotein was isolated from human tracheobronchial secretions substantially free of contaminating protein, low-density glycoprotein, proteolytic enzymes, and lipid. A closely associated 65-kDa protein was discovered while investigating the effect of 2-mercaptoethanol treatment on the purified mucin glycoprotein. It has been(More)
Following several model experiments, conditions were developed for optimal deglycosylation of tracheal mucin glycoproteins. Exposure of rigorously dried material to trifluoromethanesulfonic acid at 0 degree C for up to 8 h results in cleavage of essentially all fucose, galactose, and N-acetylglucosamine, about 80% of the N-acetylneuraminic acid (NeuNAc),(More)