New Study Shows HHV6 Virus May Interfere with Myelin Repair in MS
July 12, 2017
HHV6 (Human Herpes Virus 6) is a common virus that can persist in the brain and spinal cord in a dormant form, and signs of HHV6 have previously been reported in people with MS. Although a role for this or any other virus in MS has not been proven, researchers at the University of Rochester, co-funded by the National MS Society, now report that HHV6 produces a protein that impairs the function of immature cells in charge of repairing nerve-insulating myelin. Cells infected with the virus were studied in lab dishes and also transplanted into mice with myelin damage, and they were unable to migrate, preventing them from initiating repair. Further research is necessary to understand how this impairment occurs and whether or how it may be linked to MS progression.
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