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Androgen stimulates transcription and replication of XMRV

Discussion in 'XMRV Research and Replication Studies' started by omerbasket, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. liverock

    liverock Senior Member

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    Dr Luckett wrote the blog between jobs and I think he has now got a job teaching at a university, so he probably hasnt got the time now to update it.
     
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    XPR1 receptors are also found in the heart and this study outlines the effect of murine retrovirues on the heart.

    http://jvi.highwire.org/cgi/content/full/81/22/12307

     
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    Thanks Liverock, lucky university to have Dr Luckett. If you are in contact can you please let him know that his input was appreciated
     
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    "It is of note that progesterone tends to shift the immune balance towards Th2, and that progesterone levels rise to as much as 10 to 15 times normal during the third trimester. So, as a molecular biologist, it leaves me to theorize that if this virus can mimic progesterone, it can create a state that allows the immune system to ignore the virus, very much like it ignores a developing fetus - scary isn't it?"

    So, liverock, if I am reading this right, does this explain why more women are affected by this disease? I know women produce certain hormones/androgens that are considered male like testosterone, but do men produce female hormones like progesterone?

    Wait, I think I read that wrong. The author says the following:
    "Observations reveal that high rates of estrogen, or high rates of testosterone in the absence of progesterone tend to favor the growth of XMRV - progesterone inhibits the formation of DHT. It seems to indicate that succeptibility to ME/CFS is strongly hormone driven, and why ME/CFS and FM are strongly female prevalent."

    I am scheduled to get a progesterone only IUD. Now I am wondering if getting more progesterone in my system would actually help rather than harm. Is anybody else coming to the conclusion that progesterone supplementation might be good after reading this, or am I getting this wrong?
     
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    I would wait before getting a IUD. Rrrr is compiling a list of questions for Dr Mikovits and the question about progesterone and XMRV is on the list, (See post #49)
     
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