More evidence for herpes conferring beneficial anti-bacterial effect

A new study by scientists at the Trudeau Institute has confirmed intriguing findings from earlier research that showed that mice infected with certain forms of the herpes virus are resistant to infection with bacterial pathogens.

Although herpes infections are generally considered undesirable and are associated with declining immune function or the development of a variety of tumors, the initial research, by Herbert Virgin, raised the unexpected possibility that they may also be beneficial.

Marcia Blackman and her Trudeau research team followed up on Virgin’s work, and she has now confirmed his findings, along with some further refinements about herpes’ role in preventing other infections. “We discovered that the effect of herpesvirus infection is transient, lasting only a few months. Interestingly, although the effect was shown by the Virgin group to be dependent on establishing a latent infection, it wanes despite lifelong latency,” she explained. Blackman shared her findings with the Virgin group prior to her study’s publication in Science which led the scientists to agree that even short-acting protection, especially during childhood, might have long-lasting implications in terms of survival rates.

A major implication of the research is in the development of vaccines against herpes infections. Virgin suggested that “decreased infection may be associated with unintended negative consequences for vaccinated individuals.” In response, Blackman argues that possible transient protective effects did not outweigh the already recognized pathological consequences of herpes infection. Both groups agreed that the protective effects of herpesvirus infections merit further study.

Related:
Herpes Virus Transferred To Infants Via Parental DNA
Anti-obesity drugs may be effective against HIV, flu

Source: Trudeau Institute

, ,

Comments are closed.

Prank Magnet, I Have Herpes (Funny Pranks, Gags, Practical Jokes), 10

Prank Magnet, I Have Herpes (Funny Pranks, Gags, Practical Jokes), 10" x 3"

$7.99



GROSS HERPES MEDICATION ADVERTISING MEDICAL LIGHTED MAGNIFYING GLASS DOCTOR picture

GROSS HERPES MEDICATION ADVERTISING MEDICAL LIGHTED MAGNIFYING GLASS DOCTOR

$13.95



1986 Burroughs Wellcome Ad - An Outbreak of Herpes picture

1986 Burroughs Wellcome Ad - An Outbreak of Herpes

$16.99



Postcard Grand Isle Bridge Between North Herp and Grand Isle VT Lake Champlain  picture

Postcard Grand Isle Bridge Between North Herp and Grand Isle VT Lake Champlain

$16.00



1993 AIDS Awareness Trading Cards Pick / Choose Your Card / from Eclipse / bx43 picture

1993 AIDS Awareness Trading Cards Pick / Choose Your Card / from Eclipse / bx43

$0.99



18239 African Old Fang Guitar / Herp / Music Instrument Gabon picture

18239 African Old Fang Guitar / Herp / Music Instrument Gabon

$295.15



5 Lot Vtg Condom Machine Decal Sticker Water Slide Vending Protex Fight Herpes picture

5 Lot Vtg Condom Machine Decal Sticker Water Slide Vending Protex Fight Herpes

$14.99



I LOVE MY IGUANA IGUANAS Lizard Herp License Plate Auto Car Tag   picture

I LOVE MY IGUANA IGUANAS Lizard Herp License Plate Auto Car Tag

$15.25



1986 Burroughs Wellcome Ad - Had to Tell Roger She Had Herpes picture

1986 Burroughs Wellcome Ad - Had to Tell Roger She Had Herpes

$16.99



Herp Albert,Sergio Mendez BOX LP ALBUM 1969 Unopened picture

Herp Albert,Sergio Mendez BOX LP ALBUM 1969 Unopened

$14.99



Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes