Friday, January 7, 2011

How XMRV gets triggered to cause disease

By CFIDS Watch:

Possibly the most significant CFS-related research since the Whittemore-Peterson Institute's XMRV study was published last year by a group connected with Emory University, Abbot Labs, and the Cleveland Clinic.

In this study, rhesus macaque monkeys were injected with XMRV, and then their blood and organs were tested to track the progression of the infection.

After a few weeks, XMRV was almost totally gone from the blood. But the infection had spread to many of the organs, including the lungs, spleen, liver, lymphatic system, bronchial passages, gut, and the sex organs.

When the monkeys were later injected with a bolus of foreign peptides (which mimics an acute infection, an immunization, or an acute mold exposure) there was a huge reactivation of infectious XMRV. Stress and certain hormones also appear to be significant reactivators.

This study is totally consistent with ... Read more>>

My note: So XMRV gets triggered the same way as Shingles, so it seems. But have a look here: The critical role of Env-induced immunosuppression for retrovirus propagation

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