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    ABSTRACT: Borna disease virus (BDV) is a neurotropic RNA virus that is known to cause neurological disturbances in various animal species, potentially even humans. However, the association between BDV infection and human neurological disorders remains unclear. Between August 2005 and March 2006, 65 patients with neurological disorders were enrolled into our study. The presence of BDV p24 RNA from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) was investigated by using nested reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) assay. Borna disease virus p24 RNA was detected from PBMCs in six patients with viral encephalitis by using nested RT-PCR assay. However, BDV p24 RNA was not detected in patients with multiple sclerosis or peripheral nerve diseases. There might be possible associations between BDV infection and human viral encephalitis.
    European Journal of Neurology 04/2009; 16(3):399-403. · 4.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To establish stable expressing system of Borna disease virus (BDV) phosphoprotein in PC-12 cells, and then study its influence on cell proliferation of PC-12 cells. An expression plasmid with green fluorescence protein was cloned and identified to express BDV phosphoprotein. Cultured PC-12 cell was transfected with the recombinant plasmid by positive ion lipidsome method. Fluorescence microscopy was used to detect the expression of phosphoprotein in PC-12 cells, then G418 was added into cell culture medium to kill cells without recombinant plasmid. We performed reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in the 10th generation of treated cells to examine the expression of BDV phosphoprotein. The proliferation of treated cells and control cells was examined by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay (MT). The recombinant plasmid was confirmed to be able to express BDV phosphoprotein and green fluorescence protein by both fluorescence microscopy and RT-PCR. BDV phosphoprotein expressed in PC-12 cell inhibited cell proliferation. We established a stable expressing system of BDV phosphoprotein in PC-12 cell. This cell model can be used to study the effect of BDV phosphoprotein on the centre nervous system without exposure to live virus.
    ACTA MICROBIOLOGICA SINICA 02/2009; 49(1):123-7.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the epidemiological pattern of Borna disease virus (BDV) infection in horses and to analyze the phylogenetic tree of derived BDV in Yili, Xinjiang. We established a modified nested RT-PCR (nRT-PCR) to detect BDV p24 segment in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and brain tissues of 120 horses in Yili, Xinjiang. Positive products were analyzed by sequencing and homology analysis. The positive rate of BDV infection was 2.5% in both PMBCs and brain tissues at the same time. The gene sequence revealed in positive PCR samples was more than 93%, identical to that of BDV derived from horses in other countries. We also noticed a high degree of identity (> 98%) to standard strain He/80 in gene sequence of positive PCR samples. Our study found the presence of BDV natural infection in horses in Yili. The endemic BDV had a high degree of identity to standard strain He/80.
    Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi 12/2008; 29(11):1106-9.