Stress-induced reactivation of Epstein-Barr virus in astronauts.

  title={Stress-induced reactivation of Epstein-Barr virus in astronauts.},
  author={Raymond P. Stowe and Duane L. Pierson and Daniel L. Feeback and Alan D. T. Barrett},
  volume={8 2},
Herpesviruses are leading causes of infectious blindness and death in immunocompromised individuals. Impaired cellular immunity, which is known to result in increased frequency and severity of herpesvirus infections, has been demonstrated both during and after spaceflight. Therefore, we examined whether Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a well-characterized latent herpesvirus, undergoes reactivation in astronauts. Sera from Shuttle astronauts, taken before and after spaceflight, were examined for… CONTINUE READING


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