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Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex virus type 1. In order to study the expression of this protein during lytic and latent infection, gene 63 was cloned in frame and downstream from the(More)
A model of latent infection by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) was obtained in the adult rat. Inoculation of VZV-infected cells in the skin led to infection of the peripheral nervous system. Latency was characterized by a long-lasting presence of the viral genome, of selected viral gene transcripts, and of at least one viral protein in the dorsal root ganglia.(More)
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) encodes four putative immediate-early proteins based on sequence homology with herpes simplex virus type 1: the products of ORF4, -61, -62, and -63. Until now, only two VZV proteins have been described as being truly expressed with immediate-early kinetics (IE62 and IE63). The ORF4-encoded protein can stimulate gene expression(More)
The pathogenic mechanisms involved in varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infections remain elusive. The pattern of cutaneous distribution of the IE63 protein and of the gpI (gE) and gpII glycoproteins with their corresponding genome sequences during VZV infections was studied by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. Skin biopsy specimens were obtained(More)
In vitro and in vivo models have implicated numerous cytokines as major modulators of inflammation, destruction and repair in the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The in situ production of cytokines in human peripheral nerve disorders is still poorly documented. We studied the expression of interleukin (IL)-1 beta, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, IL-6,(More)
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is an alphaherpesvirus responsible for two human diseases: chicken pox and shingles. The virus has a respiratory port of entry. After two successive viremias, it reaches the skin where it causes typical lesions. There, it penetrates the peripheral nervous system and it remains latent in dorsal root ganglia. It is still debatable(More)
The varicella-zoster virus genome contains 71 open reading frames (ORFs), five of which (ORF62, ORF4, ORF63, ORF61, and ORF10) encode regulatory proteins. ORF62 codes for the major immediate early protein of the virus exhibiting DNA-binding and regulatory functions. This protein, localized in the cell nucleus, is a functional homologue to ICP4 of herpes(More)
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