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Herpesviruses are known for their persistent lifelong latent infection, which is made possible by their vast repertoire of immune-evasion strategies. We have previously shown that a human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) microRNA represses expression of the stress-induced Natural Killer (NK) cell ligand, MICB, to escape recognition and consequent elimination by NK(More)
Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) is a recently discovered human virus closely related to African green monkey lymphotropic polyomavirus. MCV DNA is integrated in approximately 80% of Merkel cell carcinomas (MCC), a neuroendocrine skin cancer linked to lymphoid malignancies such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). To assess MCV infection and its association(More)
BACKGROUND Although Kaposi sarcoma (KS) initially was described over a century ago, its biology remains enigmatic and conflicting. Whereas the classic type occurs mainly in older men of Mediterranean or Eastern European backgrounds and is not linked to impairment of the host immune response, iatrogenic and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated KS(More)
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.
Interactions between biomolecules and nanoparticles suggest the use of nanoparticles for various medical interventions. The attachment and entry of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) into cells involve interaction between viral envelope glycoproteins and cell surface heparan sulfate (HS). Based on this mechanism, we designed silver nanoparticles that are(More)
Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a vascular tumor that can develop in recipients of solid tissue transplants as a result of either primary infection or reactivation of a gammaherpesvirus, the KS- associated herpesvirus, also known as human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8). We studied whether HHV-8 and the elusive KS progenitor cells could be transmitted from the donor through(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 astrocytomas and normal brains was very low. Transfection of glioma cells with small interfering RNAs targeting RTVP-1(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)
It is widely accepted that there is a causal association between Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and Kaposi sarcoma (KS). However, the majority of individuals infected with KSHV never develop KS. Here, we present a unique familial case of classic KS, in which the disease occurs in 4 siblings who have no recognized underlying immunodeficiency.(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)