Human herpes virus 6 may hamper the brain’s ability to repair damaged cells

Written by Frances Adlam, Future Science Group

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center (NY, USA) have discovered that human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) infection may have a major role in disrupting the brains repair mechanism, in diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The results, recently published in Scientific Reports, may explain why some patients suffering from brain diseases may have more severe symptoms to others. Co-author, Margot Mayer-Proschel (University of Rochester Medical Center) explained: “While latent HHV-6 – which can be found in cells throughout the brain – has been associated with demyelinating disorders like multiple sclerosis it has not been clear what role, if any, it...

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