Journal article

Ganciclovir and cidofovir treatment of cytomegalovirus-induced myocarditis in mice

JC Lenzo, GR Shellam, CM Lawson

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2001


The cardiovascular disease myocarditis is characterized by inflammation and necrosis of cardiac muscle. This disease has been associated with various viral etiologies, including cytomegalovirus (CMV). Murine CMV (MCMV) infection of adult BALB/c mice produces a disease with acute and chronic phases similar to that found in humans. In our murine model, we have investigated the therapeutic efficacy of antiviral drug administration on myocarditis. Two drugs commonly used for CMV treatment, ganciclovir and cidofovir, were subjected to trials, with both drugs showing potent antiviral activity against MCMV both in vitro and in vivo. The acute phase of myocarditis was significantly reduced when anti..

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