Chromosomal Integration of the Sixth Human Herpes Virus (HHV-6)

Authors: Hubáček Petr 1,2;  Hrdličková Alena 2;  Zajac Miroslav 1
Authors‘ workplace: Ústav lékařské mikrobiologie 2. lékařské fakulty UK a Fakultní nemocnice v Motole 1;  Klinika dětské hematologie a onkologie 2. lékařské fakulty UK a Fakultní nemocnice v Motole 2
Published in: Epidemiol. Mikrobiol. Imunol. 61, 2012, č. 3, s. 58-66


Two closely related and commonly found human herpesviruses HHV-6 A and HHV-6 B are classified into the sixth human herpes virus complex (HHV-6). Primary infection with HHV-6 often takes place in early childhood and it can be either asymptomatic or manifests itself as sixth disease (caused by HHV-6 B). HHV-6 remains present in a latent form in the body with the potential for virus reactivation. The article points out the phenomenon of chromosomal integration of HHV‑6 (Ci-HHV-6) which is found in about 1% of the population and, unlike the commonly spread HHV-6 infection, has become hereditary, with its pathological potential in Ci-HHV-6 DNA carriers remaining unknown. Therefore, the focus on clinical consequences of Ci-HHV-6 is of high relevance to the therapeutic strategy for patients with high HHV-6 positivity in molecular biological tests.

Key words:
sixth human herpesvirus – molecular biology – PCR – chromosome


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