Navigation Links
Study shows how herpes infects cornea, evades immune cells

Herpes virus has an unusual strategy for infecting cornea cells that may also explain how it evades the immune system, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

The study appears in the Sept. 25 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.

Both strains of the herpes virus -- HSV-1, the strain that causes cold sores on the mouth, and HSV-2, genital herpes -- can infect the cornea, the clear, domed surface that forms the eye's outermost layer. Ocular herpes is the leading cause of infectious blindness in the United States, with 50,000 new or recurring cases each year.

In about one quarter of cases, the virus penetrates the first layer of the cornea to infect an inner layer, the stroma, making the disease much more difficult to treat.

Effective treatment is hampered by poor understanding of how the virus infects the stroma, says Deepak Shukla, assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual science and microbiology and immunology, and senior author of the paper. In their study, he and his coworkers determined that the HSV-1 virus enters stroma cells in a process similar to the way bacteria, viruses and other foreign invaders are engulfed by immune cells called phagocytes.

"In the electron microscope pictures, it looks like the stroma cells form long arms that reach out and collect the virus particles, and then wrap around them, forming a sac, and bring them into the cell body," Shukla said.

In phagocytes, ingested foreign particles are destroyed in the sacs, which are highly acidic. But even though the sacs formed by the stroma cells were similar to the phagocyte's sacs, Shukla said, the envelope containing the herpes virus genome emerges from the sac undamaged and able to infect the cell. "This raises the interesting possibility that herpes may be able to evade the immune system defenses in the same way," he said.

"Understanding herpes' unusual pathway for infe cting the stroma cells opens up new strategies for developing therapies against this potentially blinding disease and has implications for understanding other herpes virus infections," Shukla said.


'"/>

Source:University of Illinois at Chicago


Related biology news :

1. Novel Asthma Study Shows Multiple Genetic Input Required; Single-gene Solution Shot Down
2. Emory Study Tests Bone Marrow Stem Cells to Improve Circulation in Legs
3. UCLA Study Shows One-Third of Drug Ads in Medical Journals Do Not Contain References Supporting Medical Claims
4. Study Demonstrates Gene Expression Microarrays are Comparable and Reproducible
5. Study Links Ebola Outbreaks To Animal Carcasses
6. Breakthrough Microarray-based Technology for the Study of Cancer
7. NYU Study Reveals How Brains Immune System Fights Viral Encephalitis
8. Study finds more than one-third of human genome regulated by RNA
9. Leukemia Drug Breakthrough Study In New England Journal Of Medicine
10. Study identifies predictors of HIV drug resistance in patients beginning triple therapy
11. New Study from Affymetrix Laboratories Points to Changing View of How Genome Works
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  EyeLock LLC, a leader of ... elite iris biometric solution on the latest Qualcomm® ... at Mobile World Congress 2017 (February 27 ... in Hall 3, Stand 3E10. ... Haven™ security platform—a combination of hardware, software ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... PORTLAND, Ore. , Feb. 22, 2017  IBM ... Companies (Avamere Health Services, Infinity Rehab, Signature Hospice, Home ... that will apply the power of IBM cognitive computing ... health centers. By analyzing data streaming from sensors in ... physical and environmental conditions, and obtain deeper learnings into ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... Feb. 16, 2017  Genos, a community for ... it has received Laboratory Accreditation from the College ... presented to laboratories that meet stringent requirements around ... rigorous processes. "Genos is committed to ... practices. We,re honored to be receiving CAP accreditation," ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... BellBrook Labs is ... include an array of biochemical analyses critical for Lead Discovery. The company’s ... and SAR programs, including inhibitor potency and selectivity, mechanism of action, and inhibitor ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Feb. 23, 2017  MIODx announced today that ... key immunotherapy technologies from the University of California, ... method to monitor a patient for response to ... CTLA-4.  The second license extends the technology with ... likely to have an immune-related adverse event (IRAE) ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017  Seattle,s upscale Capitol Hill neighborhood, with its swanky shops, ... a head lice treatment salon to set up shop. But ... and a French bistro on E Madison Ave, and CEO ... any old lice clinic, we pride ourselves on being a ... some of the stigma associated with lice. Everyone can get ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Brain Sentinel, Inc. has received ... SPEAC® System, the Brain Sentinel® Seizure Monitoring and Alerting System. The adjunctive seizure ... periods of rest. A lightweight, non-invasive monitor is placed on the belly of ...
Breaking Biology Technology: