Journal article

Association between human herpesvirus & human endogenous retrovirus and MS onset & progression

Chunrong Tao, Steve Simpson, Bruce V Taylor, Ingrid van der Mei

Journal of the Neurological Sciences | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

This review discusses the role of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6) and human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) in the onset and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Although EBV has been established as one of the causal factors in MS onset, its role in MS progression is still uncertain. Moreover, interactions between EBV and other risk factor on MS development still need more investment. With less consistent evidence than EBV, HHV6 has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS; moreover, it showed a closer connection with the disease activity. Recent studies found that HERVs were associated with the development and progression of MS. Some antiviral treatments have s..

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