Productive varicella-zoster virus infection of cultured intact human ganglia.


Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a species-specific herpesvirus which infects sensory ganglia. We have developed a model of infection of human intact explant dorsal root ganglia (DRG). Following exposure of DRG to VZV, viral antigens were detected in neurons and nonneuronal cells. Enveloped virions were visualized by transmission electron microscopy in… (More)



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