Sean Umamoto

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Natural killer (NK) cells are an important early mediator of host immunity to murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) infection. However, MCMV has evolved mechanisms to elude recognition and clearance by NK cells. We have identified an MCMV immune evasion protein that impairs NKG2D-mediated NK cell antiviral activity. Infection of BALB/c 3T3 cells with the Smith(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the largest human herpesvirus and its virion contains many viral encoded proteins found in the capsid, tegument, and envelope. In this study, we carried out a yeast two-hybrid (YTH) analysis to study potential binary interactions among 56 HCMV-encoded virion proteins. We have tested more than 3,500 pairwise combinations for(More)
BACKGROUND Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection in the oral cavity plays an important role in its horizontal transmission and in causing viral-associated oral diseases such as gingivitis. However, little is currently known about HCMV pathogenesis in oral mucosa, partially because HCMV infection is primarily limited to human cells and few cultured tissue(More)
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