Rosella Cavaretta

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BACKGROUND The envelope protein from multiple sclerosis (MS) associated retroviral element (MSRV), a member of the Human Endogenous Retroviral family 'W' (HERV-W), induces dysimmunity and inflammation. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to confirm and specify the association between HERV-W/MSRV envelope (Env) expression and MS. METHODS 103 MS,(More)
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients were stimulated with myelin basic protein (MBP) together with anti-CD28 monoclonal antibody and staphylococcal enterotoxin B to optimize cytokine production by antigen-specific cells. Type 1 (IL-2, IL-12, IFNgamma) and pro-inflammatory (TNFalpha, IL-1beta, IL-6) cytokines were augmented(More)
MSRV is a retroviral element previously isolated in cell cultures from patients with multiple sclerosis. It is part of a new multi-copy endogenous retrovirus family named HERV-W and displays pro-inflammatory properties both in vitro in human PBMC cultures and in vivo in a humanized SCID mice model. In the present study, we have evaluated potential links(More)
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