Trends in the incidence of classic Kaposi's sarcoma in the Jewish population in Israel for the period between 1960 and 1998 were analysed. World standardised incidence rates of 20.7 and 7.5 per million among men and women, respectively, were calculated. The highest incidence rates were displayed by men originated from Africa and by Asian-born women.
Retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRB) inhibition by tumor virus oncoproteins has been attributed to the need for these viruses to promote lytic viral nucleic acid synthesis by unscheduled entry into the S phase of the cell cycle. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV or HHV8) encodes a functional cyclin (vCYC) which is expressed during… (More)
In this study, we examined the expression and functions of related to testes-specific, vespid, and pathogenesis protein 1 (RTVP-1) in glioma cells. RTVP-1 was expressed in high levels in glioblastomas, whereas its expression in low-grade astro-cytomas and normal brains was very low. Transfection of glioma cells with small interfering RNAs targeting RTVP-1… (More)
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is implicated causally in the development of several human malignancies, including primary effusion lymphoma (PEL). PEL cells serve as tools for KSHV research, as most of them are latently infected and allow lytic virus replication in response to various stimuli. 12-O-Tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) is… (More)
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) has a key etiological role in development of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). v-Cyclin is a KSHV-encoded homologue to D-type cyclins that associates with cellular cyclin-dependent kinase 6 (CDK6). v-Cyclin promotes S-phase entry of quiescent cells and has been suggested to execute functions of both D-and E-type cyclins.… (More)
MOTIVATION Viruses employ various means to evade immune detection. One common evasion strategy is the removal of CD8+cytotoxic T-lymphocyte epitopes. We here use a combination of multiple bioinformatic tools and large amount of genomic data to compute the epitope repertoire presented by over 1300 viruses in many HLA alleles. We define the 'Size of Immune… (More)
The human glioma tumor suppressor candidate region 2 gene product, GLTSCR2, also called 'protein interacting with carboxyl terminus 1' (PICT-1), has been implicated in the regulation of two major tumor suppressor proteins, PTEN and p53, and reported to bind the membrane-cytoskeleton regulator of cell signaling, Merlin. PICT-1 is a nucleolar protein,… (More)
A novel application of surface-modified protein nanospheres as potential antiviral agents is illustrated. By using a single-step sonochemical process, bovine serum albumin nanospheres were generated, whose surface was covalently conjugated with mercaptoethane sulfonate to chemically and electrostatically mimic cellular heparan sulfate. The nanospheres… (More)