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Human {gamma}-Herpesviruses Epstein-Barr Virus and Human Herpesvirus-8 Are Not Detected in the Lungs of Patients With Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
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PMID:  21051388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: In susceptible individuals, multiple events may trigger pulmonary vascular remodeling and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8), a γ-herpesvirus homologous with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), was suggested to act as a "second hit" in the development of PAH in susceptible patients. Although there is indirect evidence from in vitro and animal studies in favor of a link between γ-herpesviruses and the pathophysiology of PAH, results remain controversial. Therefore, we investigated the presence of EBV and HHV-8 in the lungs of patients with PAH.
METHODS: Thirty-four lungs explanted from French patients with end-stage PAH (mean age, 38 ± 14 years; 19 women) were studied. Tissue samples were incorporated into tissue microarrays. Normal lung tissues served as negative controls. Kaposi sarcoma tissue served as a positive control for HHV-8, and EBV-associated lymphoma served as a positive control for EBV. The presence of HHV-8 was investigated with immunohistochemistry and polymerase chain reaction. The presence of EBV was investigated with immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization.
RESULTS: For HHV-8, none of PAH lung samples showed a "stippling" nuclear pattern classically observed in HHV-8-positive Kaposi sarcoma lesions. When studied by polymerase chain reaction, all cases remained negative. For EBV, none of the PAH lung samples showed positive staining, whatever the technique applied.
CONCLUSIONS: HHV-8 and EBV cannot be detected in the lungs of patients with end-stage PAH. The role of these γ-herpesviruses in the pathophysiology of PAH is, therefore, unlikely.
Séverine Valmary; Peter Dorfmüller; David Montani; Marc Humbert; Pierre Brousset; Bruno Degano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  139     ISSN:  1931-3543     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1310-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Explorations Fonctionnelles-Physiologie, CHU Jean Minjoz, 25030 Besançon Cedex, France.
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