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Endogenous retro-viruses - is reactivation possible?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Bob, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. Bob

    Bob

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    Apologies if this has been covered before on the forum... I'm sure it has, but I can't find it.

    Does anyone know if it is thought that endogenous viruses can become reactivated, and active, under certain circumstances?

    I have just been reading the Phoenix Rising blog about Elaine DeFreitas' research, and how some people concluded that she had just found a 'benign' endogenous retro-virus.

    If it was the case that she just found an endogenous retro-virus, then what exactly would she have been detecting? Would it have been some virus DNA, or some virus protein particles?

    Could endogenous virus particles (DNA/protein particles) be toxic or inflammatory, thus causing a disease process such as ME?

    Could a disease, such as ME or HIV, reactivate dormant (usually benign) endogenous viruses, allowing their DNA to float around in the blood, or allowing whole viruses to be created? If so, then could reactivated endogenous retro-viruses be a symptom of ME, rather than a cause?

    Has anyone any thoughts about this?
  2. Bob

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    Oh, I think that I've just found a partial answer to my question on the recent thread about HHV-6:
    HHV-6 Hidden in Chromosomes Can Be Passed from Parents to Children
    http://www.forums.aboutmecfs.org/sh...osomes-Can-Be-Passed-from-Parents-to-Children

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    Bob:
    You might also want to check out the thread we have going titled "ancient retroviruses" which is about a two-year study out of Chicago which a bunch of us are in. It's also about reactivation of viruses. ~Fern
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    Hi Fern, thanks for that... do you mean the thread "Ancient Retrovirus Study/Tufts University & U. Illinois-Chicago"?
    http://www.forums.aboutmecfs.org/sh...linois-Chicago&highlight=ancient retroviruses
    It's the only one i can find.

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