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Arginine inactivates human herpesvirus 2 and inhibits genital herpesvirus infection.
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PMID:  23042569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Arginine, among the amino acids, has demonstrated unique properties, including suppression of protein-protein interactions and virus inactivation. We investigated the effects of arginine on the infectivity of human herpesvirus 2 (HHV-2) and the potential application of arginine as a chemotherapeutic agent against genital herpes. Arginine directly inactivated HHV-2 and characterization of the inactivation demonstrated that 1 M arginine at pH 4.3 inactivated the virus more efficiently compared to 0.1 M citrate or 1 M sodium chloride, indicating that neither acidic pH nor ionic strength alone is sufficient for virus inactivation. The effect of arginine was rapid and concentration-dependent. Although virus inactivation was efficient at an acidic pH, arginine inactivated the virus even at a neutral pH, provided that a higher arginine concentration and prolonged incubation time were used. In addition, arginine suppressed the multiplication of HHV-2 under the conditions at which its effect on cell viability was insignificant. Pilot mouse model studies revealed a marked suppression of death by arginine when the mice were infected with HHV-2 through the vaginal route, followed by an intermittent application of acidic arginine by vaginal instillation.
Keiko Ikeda; Hisashi Yamasaki; Sawako Minami; Yukiko Suzuki; Kazuko Tsujimoto; Yoshihisa Sekino; Hiroshi Irie; Tsutomu Arakawa; A Hajime Koyama
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of molecular medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1791-244X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Mol. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9810955     Medline TA:  Int J Mol Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Division of Virology, Wakayama Medical University Graduate School of Medicine, Wakayama 641-8509, Japan.
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