Latent infection with bovine herpesvirus type 1

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As with other alphaherpesviruses, the molecular mechanisms that underlie bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV-1) latency and reactivation are poorly understood. Restricted transcription of the BHV-1 genome has been described in latently infected neurons of the natural host and in the rabbit latency model. BHV-1 latency-associated transcription (LAT) is predominantly nuclear, approximately 1.0 to 1.2 kb in size, and anti-parallel to and overlapping an immediate-early gene. Down-regulation of LAT expression observed in ganglia during dexamethasone-induced viral reactivation, together with altered reactivation characteristics of a LAT-promoter deletion mutant suggests that expression and/or proper regulation of LAT is necessary for efficient viral reactivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Virology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Herpesvirus
  • Latency-associated transcripts
  • Latent infection
  • Viral reactivation
  • Virus-neuron interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Virology


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