Human herpesvirus 6
|Human herpesvirus 6|
|Electron micrograph of HHV-6|
|Group:||Group I (dsDNA)|
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is the common collective name for Human herpesvirus 6A (HHV-6A) and Human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B). These closely related viruses are two of the nine herpesviruses known to have humans as their primary host.
HHV-6B primary infection is the cause of the common childhood illness exanthem subitum (also known as roseola infantum or sixth disease). Additionally, HHV-6B reactivation is common in transplant recipients, which can cause several clinical manifestations such as encephalitis, bone marrow suppression and pneumonitis.
A variety of tests have been used to detect HHV-6, some of which do not differentiate the species.
- 1 History
- 2 Taxonomy
- 3 Structure
- 4 Genome
- 5 Viral entry
- 6 Cellular activity
- 7 Symptoms
- 8 Epidemiology
- 9 Tonsils
- 10 Clinical significance
- 11 Treatments
- 12 References
During 1986, Syed Zaki Salahuddin, Dharam Ablashi and Robert Gallo cultivated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with AIDS and lymphoproliferative illnesses. When they did, they found short-lived, large, refractile cells that frequently contained intranuclear and/or intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies. Electron microscopy revealed a novel virus that they named human B-lymphotrophic virus (HBLV).
Shortly after its discovery, Ablashi et al. described five cell lines that can be infected by the newly discovered HBLV. They published that HSB-2, a particular T-cell line, was highly susceptible to infection. This pioneering research concluded by suggesting that the virus name be changed from HBLV to HHV-6, in accord with the published provisional classification of herpes viruses.
Years later, HHV-6 was divided into subtypes. Early research resulted in the description of two very similar, yet unique forms: variants HHV-6A and HHV-6B. This distinction first appeared in the literature during 1992. The separation was warranted because of their unique restriction endonuclease cleavage patterns, reactivities to monoclonal antibodies, and growth patterns in various cell lines.
HHV-6A includes several adult-derived strains and its disease spectrum is not well defined, although it is thought by some to be more neurovirulent. HHV-6B is commonly detected in children with roseola infantum, as it is the etiologic agent for this condition. Within these two viruses is a sequence homology of 95%.
In 2012, HHV-6A and HHV-6B were classified as distinct species.
Herpesvirus was established as a genus in 1971 in the first report of the ICTV. This genus consisted of 23 viruses among 4 groups. In 1976, a second ICTV report was released in which this genus was elevated to the family level — the herpetoviridae. Because of possible confusion with viruses derived from reptiles, the family name was changed in the third report (1979) to herpesviridae. In this report, the family Herpesviridae was divided into 3 subfamilies (alphaherpesvirinae, betaherpesvirinae and gammaherpesvirinae) and 5 unnamed genera; 21 viruses were recognized as members of the family.
In 2009, the order Herpesvirales was created. This was necessitated by the discovery that the herpes viruses of fish and molluscs are only distantly related to those of birds and mammals. Order Herpesvirales contains three families, the Herpesviridae, which contains the long-recognized herpesviruses of mammals, birds, and reptiles, plus two new families — the family Alloherpesviridae which incorporates herpes viruses of bony fish and frogs, and the family Malacoherpesviridae which contains viruses of molluscs.
As of 2012, this order currently has 3 families, 4 subfamilies (1 unassigned), 18 genera (4 unassigned) and 97 species.
The diameter of an HHV-6 virion is about 2000 Angstroms. The outer portion of the virion consists of a lipid bilayer membrane that is derived from that of the host and contains viral glycoproteins. Below this membrane envelope is a tegument which surrounds an icosahedral capsid, composed of 162 capsomeres. Within the HHV-6 protective capsid is a double stranded linear DNA.
During the maturation of HHV-6 virions, human cell membranes are used to form viral lipid envelopes (as is characteristic of all enveloped viruses). During this process HHV-6 utilizes lipid rafts, which are microdomains of membrane that are enriched in cholesterol, sphingolipids, and glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins. Early researchers suspected that HHV-6 virions mature in the nucleus; some even incorrectly published this, as they generalized and applied to HHV-6 what was known about other viruses. However, recently published data shows that HHV-6 viral assembly occurs at trans-Golgi-network-derived vesicles.
HHV-6 has linear, double stranded DNA which contains an origin of replication, two 8–10 kb left and right direct repeat termini, and a unique segment that is 143-145kb. A variety of proteins are transcribed from the unique segment. Proteins are translated from mRNAs that are derived from transcripts of particular regions of the genome.
The origin of replication is where DNA replication begins. The origin of replication for HHV-6 is often labeled as "oriLyt" in the literature.
The direct repeat termini (labeled as DRL and DRR in the image) possess a repeated TTAGGG sequence, identical to that of human telomeres. Variability in the number of telomeric repeats is observed in the range of 15-180. These termini also contain the pac-1 and pac-2 cleavage and packing signals that are conserved among herpesviruses.
The unique segment contains seven major core gene blocks (U27-U37, U38-U40, U41-U46, U48-U53, U56-U57, U66EX2-U77, and U81-U82), which is also characteristic of herpesviruses. These conserved genes code for proteins that are involved in replication, cleavage, and packing of the viral genome into a mature virion. Additionally, they code for a number of immunomodulatory proteins. The unique segment also possesses a block of genes (U2-U19) that are conserved among HHV-6, HHV-7, and Cytomegaloviruses (the betaherpesviruses). Many of these genes belong to the HCMV US22 family.
|IE-A (IE1? U89?)||Immediate early||Part of IE locus  - impairs interferon gene expression to restrict the development of cellular anti-viral measures, favoring a successful infection — not in membrane — activates viral DNA polymerases, involved in rolling circle replication — expression of this gene may be modulated by micro RNAs |
|IE-B||Immediate early||Part of IE locus  Activates viral DNA polymerases, involved in rolling circle replication|
|DR1||HCMV US22 gene family|
|DR6||HCMV US22 gene family|
|U1 (DR7)||SR domain, malignant transforming activity, binds to p53|
|U2||HCMV US22 gene family — tegument protein|
|U3||HCMV UL24 homolog, HCMV US22 gene family, tegument protein — transactivating activity |
|U4||HCMV Maribavir resistance|
|U7||HCMV US22 gene family|
|U8||HCMV US22 gene family|
|U11||Strongly immunoreactive virion protein  - antigenic tegument protein|
|U12||Chemokine G protein-coupled receptor|
|U14||Binds p53, incorporating it into viral particles — HCMV UL25 gene family — antigenic tegument protein|
|U15||HCMV UL25 gene family|
|U17||HCMV UL25 gene family — tegument protein|
|U20||Glycoprotein (specific to Roseolovirus) predicted immunoglobulin structure|
|U21||Binds to MHC-1 molecules and prevents antigen presenting cells from presenting HHV-6 peptides — glycoprotein, downregulates HLA I (specific to Roseolovirus)|
|U22||Late gene||Glycoprotein (absent from HHV-7, specific to Roseolovirus)|
|U23||Glycoprotein (specific to Roseolovirus)|
|U24||Inhibits proper T cell activation, reducing secretion of cytokines at infection site — phosphorylation target for kinases — glycoprotein M (gM) (specific to Roseolovirus)|
|U25||HCMV UL22 gene family, tegument protein|
|U26||Putative multiple transmembrane protein|
|U27||DNA polymerase processivity factory|
|U28||Ribonucleotide reductase large subunit, tegument protein|
|U29||Capsid assembly and DNA maturation|
|U31||Large tegument protein|
|U34||Membrane-associated phosphoprotein, primary envelopment|
|U35||Terminase component, DNA packaging|
|U37||Tegument protein, primary envelopment|
|U39 (gB, gp116)||Glycoprotein|
|U41||Early gene||Major DNA binding protein|
|U42||Tegument protein, cell cycle block|
|U43||DNA helicase/primase complex|
|U47 (gO, O)||Glycoprotein O, associates with lipid rafts, exists in two forms, gO-120K and gO-80K, and gO-80K contains complex type N-linked oligosaccharides which are incorporated into viral particles|
|U48 (gH, gp100)||Glycoprotein gH, virion constituent, part of CD46 gQ1/gQ2/gL/gH ligand complex, associates with lipid rafts|
|U49||Virion-associated regulatory protein|
|U51||Early gene||G protein-coupled chemokine receptor, preventing expression greatly reduces replication — increases intracellular levels of second messenger inositol phosphate, promotes chemotaxis — early gene, along with U41 and U69 |
|U54||Tegument protein, virion transactivator|
|U55||Role in RNA synthesis, dUTPase|
|U57||Major capsid protein|
|U64||DNA packaging: tegument protein|
|U69||Early gene||Tegument protein kinase (Ganciclovir kinase) involved in replication |
|U71||Myristylated virion protein|
|U72 (gM)||Glycoprotein gM|
|U74||DNa helicase-primase complex|
|U76||DNA packaging, virion protein|
|U80||Predicted immunoglobulin structure|
|U82 (gL, gp80)||Glycoprotein gL, virion constituent, part of CD46 gQ1/gQ2/gL/gH ligand complex, associates with lipid rafts|
|U83||Chemotactic (chemoattractant) protein, binds to chemokine receptors, recruits host cells that secrete chemokines specific to U51|
|U83||Secreted glycoprotein, CC chemokine (absent in HHV-7)|
|U85||Glycoprotein (specific to Roseolovirus)|
|U90||IE-A (IE 1)||Transactivator|
|U94||Latency (immediate early or early gene)||Involved in transcriptional repression of lytic genes — aids in the specific integration of HHV-6A/HHV-6B into to the telomeres — highly expressed during latency — parvovirus rep homolog (absent in HHV-7)|
|U95||HCMV US22 gene family — colocalizes and interacts with the mitochondrial GRIM-19 protein, an essential component of the oxidative phosphorylation system  - binds to nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), deregulation of which has been postulated to contribute to cancer |
|U100 (Gp82-105)||Late gene||Glycoprotein Q, virion constituent, associates with lipid rafts|
|gQ1||Glycoprotein, complexes with gH and gL to form viral ligand to CD46 receptor — modified by N-glycosylation — expressed in two different forms: an 80-kDa form (gQ1-80K) and a 74-kDa form (gQ1-74K) - only gQ1-80K, but not gQ1-74K, forms the CD46 ligand complex with gQ2, gH, and gL  Associates with lipid rafts.|
|gM1||Lipid-raft-specific ganglioside, incorporated into virion|
|gQ2||Glycoprotein, forms gH/gL/gQ1/gQ2 complex, part of receptor ligand — essential for viral growth, associates with lipid rafts — exists in two forms: gQ2-34K and gQ2-37K|
|Micro Rnas||hhv6b-miR-Ro6-1, -Ro6-2, -Ro6-3, and -Ro6-4. May regulate early transcription|
|P100 aka p101||Immunogenic, constituent of tegument|
|ORF-1 (DR7)||Binds and inhibits transcriptional activity of p53 - can transform human epidermal keratinocytes and NIH 3T3 cells in vitro — cells expressing ORF-1 protein produce fibrosarcomas when injected into nude mice|
When an extracellular HHV-6 virion comes across human cells, it encounters the human receptor protein cluster of differentiation 46 (CD46). The CD46 protein possesses a single variable region, as a result of alternative splicing. As such, at least fourteen isoforms of CD46 exist, all of which bind HHV-6a.
The extracellular region of CD46 contains four short consensus repeats of about 60 amino acids that fold into a compact beta-barrel domain surrounded by flexible loops. As has been demonstrated for CD46 with other ligands, the CD46 protein structure linearizes upon binding HHV-6. While their precise interaction has not yet been determined, the second and third SCR domains have been demonstrated to be required for HHV-6 receptor binding and cellular entry.
HHV-6 receptor ligand
Mori et al. first identified the gene product gQ1, a glycoprotein unique to HHV-6, and found that it forms a complex with gH and gL glycoproteins. They believed that this heterotrimer complex served as the viral ligand for CD46. Soon thereafter, another glycoprotein named gQ2 was identified and found to be part of the gH/gL/gQ1 ligand complex, forming a heterotetramer that was positively identified as the viral CD46 ligand. The exact process of entry is not yet well understood.
Researchers have shown that T cells are highly infectable by HHV-6.
During the year 2011, Researchers at the National Institutes of Health attempted to elucidate the then unknown method whereby HHV-6a gains entry into the nervous system. As such, they autopsied the brains of around 150 subjects. When various anatomical regions were assayed for their viral load, olfactory tissues were found to have the highest HHV-6 content. They concluded that these tissues are the entry point for HHV-6a.
Researchers also hypothesized that olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), a group of specialized glial cells found in the nasal cavity, may have a role in HHV-6 infectivity. They suspected this association as a result of OECs having properties similar to those of astrocytes, another type of glial cell that was previously identified as being susceptible to HHV-6 infection. Research continued by infecting OECs in vitro with both types of HHV-6. Ultimately, only OECs in which HHV-6a was used tested positive for signs of de novo viral synthesis, as is also characteristic of astrocytes.
Once inside, two outcomes have been described: active and inactive infections.
Active infections involve the linear dsDNA genome circularizing by end to end covalent linkages. This process was first reported for the herpes simplex virus. Once circularized, HHV-6 begins to express what are known as "immediate early" genes. These gene products are believed to be transcription activators and may be regulated by the expression of viral micro RNAs. Subsequent expression of "early genes" then occurs and activates, for instance, viral DNA polymerases. Early genes are also involved in the rolling circle replication that follows.
HHV-6’s replication results in the formation of concatemers, which are long molecules that contain several repeats of DNA. In the case of HHV-6, its entire genome is made over and over on a single strand. These long concatemers are subsequently cleaved between the pac-1 and pac-2 regions by ribozymes when the genome is packaged into individual virions.
Not all newly infected cells begin rolling circle replication. In fact, herpes comes from the Greek word herpein, meaning "to creep." Herpesviruses are 'to creep' in that they may enter a latent stage and inactively infect the host. Since its discovery in 1993, this phenomenon has been found among all of the betaherpesviruses.
Other betaherpesviruses establish latency as a nuclear episome, which is a circular DNA molecule that is analogous to plasmids. For HHV-6, latency is suspected to occur exclusively through the integration of viral telomeric repeats within human subtelomeric regions. Only one other virus is known to achieve latency in this fashion. This phenomenon is possible as a result of the telomeric repeats found within the direct repeat termini of HHV-6’s genome.
The right direct repeat terminus integrates within 5 to 41 human telomere repeats, and preferentially does so into the proximal end of chromosomes 9, 17, 18, 19, and 22, but has also occasionally been found in chromosomes 10 and 11. Nearly 70 million individuals are suspected to carry chromosomally integrated HHV-6.
A number of genes expressed by HHV-6 are unique to its inactive latency stage. These genes involve maintaining the genome and avoiding destruction of the host cell. For instance, the U94 protein is believed to repress genes that are involved in cellular lysis and also may aid in telomeric integration. Once stored in human telomeres, the virus is reactivated intermittently.
The specific triggers for reactivation are not well understood. Some researchers have suggested that injury, physical or emotional stress, and hormonal imbalances could be involved.
Researchers during 2011 discovered that reactivation can positively be triggered in vitro by histone deacetylase inhibitors. Once reactivation begins, the rolling circle process is initiated and concatemers are formed as described above.
Human herpesvirus 6 lives primarily on humans and, while variants of the virus can cause mild to fatal illnesses, can live commensally on its host. It has been demonstrated that HHV-6 fosters the progression of HIV-1 upon coinfection in T cells. HHV-6 upregulates the expression of the primary HIV receptor CD4, thus expanding the range of HIV susceptible cells. Several studies also have shown that HHV-6 infection increases production of inflammatory cytokines that enhance in vitro expression of HIV-1, such as TNF-alpha, IL-1 beta, and IL-8. A more recent in vivo study shows HHV-6A coinfection to dramatically accelerate the progression from HIV to AIDS in pigtailed macaques.
HHV-6 has also been demonstrated to transactivate Epstein-Barr virus.
The classical presentation of primary HHV-6b infection is as exanthema subitum (ES) or "roseola", featuring a high temperature followed by a rash. However a recent study showed that a rash is not a distinguishing feature of HHV-6 infections, with rates similar to non-HHV-6 infections - 10-20% of febrile children in both groups, in one US study. This study recorded HHV-6 infection rates among children attending the hospital with a fever and found that 15% had HHV-6. HHV-6 infections more frequently presented with high temperatures (over 40C), at a rate of around two thirds compared to less than half in the non-HHV-6 patients. Similarly significant differences were seen in malaise and irritability, and in tympanic membrane inflammation.
Most infections occur at an early age. A study conducted in Japan found that, by 13 months of age, almost all children acquire a primary HHV-6 infection.
Primary infection in adults tend to be more severe.
Humans acquire the virus at an early age, some as early as less than one month of age. HHV-6 primary infections account for up to 20% of infant emergency room visits for fever in the United States and are associated with several more severe complications, such as encephalitis, lymphadenopathy, myocarditis and myelosuppression. The prevalence of the virus in the body increases with age (rates of infection are highest among infant between 6 and 12 months old) and it is hypothesized that this is due to the loss of maternal antibodies in a child that protect him or her from infections. There are inconsistencies with the correlations between age and seropositivity; according to reports, there is a decrease of seropositivity with the increase of age, some see no significant decline, and others report that there is sometimes an increased rate of seropositivity after the age of 62. After primary infection, latency is established in salivary glands, myeloid and bone marrow progenitors (among others) and exists for the lifetime of the host.
The virus is known to be widespread around the world. Rates of HHV6 infection of 64 - 83% by age 13 months have been reported for countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Taiwan. Studies have found seroprevalence varying "from approximately 39 to 80% among ethnically diverse adult populations from Tanzania, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brazil." There are no significant differences among ethnic groups living in the same geographical location or between sexes. While HHV-6B is present in almost 100% of the world’s population, HHV-6A appears to be less frequent in Japan, North America, and Europe.
Transmission is believed to occur most frequently through the shedding of viral particles into saliva. Both HHV-6B and HHV-7 are found in human saliva, the former being at a lower frequency. Studies report varying rates of prevalence of HHV-6 in saliva (between 3% - 90%), and have also described the salivary glands as an in vivo reservoir for HHV-6. The virus infects the salivary glands, establishes latency, and periodically reactivates to spread infection to other hosts.
Vertical transmission has also been described, and occurs in approximately 1% of births in the United States. This form is easily identifiable as the viral genome is contained within every cell of an infected individual.
Examination of a series of tonsils with Western blotting gave a 100% detection rate for HHV6.
Diagnosis for the virus, particularly HHV-6B, is vital for the patient because of the infection’s adverse effects. Symptoms that point to this infection, such as rashes, go unnoticed in patients that receive antibiotics because they can be misinterpreted as a side-effect of the medicine. HHV-6B is known to be associated with the childhood disease roseola infantum, as well as other illnesses caused by the infection. These include hepatitis, febrile convulsions, and encephalitis. Children who suffer from ES, caused by an HHV-6B infection, experience fevers lasting 3 to 5 days; rashes on the torso, neck, and face; and sometimes febrile convulsions, however, the symptoms are not always present together. Primary infections in adults are rare since most occurrences are in children. When the infection does occur for the first time in an adult the symptoms can be severe.
The virus periodically re-activates from its latent state, with HHV-6 DNA being detectable in 20-25% of healthy adults in the United States. In the immunocompetent setting, these re-activations are often asymptomatic, but in immunosuppressed individuals there can be serious complications. HHV-6 re-activation causes severe disease in transplant recipients and can lead to graft rejection, often in consort with other betaherpesviridae. Likewise in HIV/AIDS, HHV-6 re-activations cause disseminated infections leading to end organ disease and death. Although up to 100% of the population are exposed (seropositive) to HHV-6, most by 3 years of age, there are rare cases of primary infections in adults. In the United States, these have been linked more with HHV-6a, which is thought to be more pathogenic and more neurotropic and has been linked to several central nervous system-related disorders.
HHV-6 has been reported in multiple sclerosis patients and has been implicated as a co-factor in several other diseases, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, AIDS, optic neuritis, cancer, and temporal lobe epilepsy.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune and inflammatory disorder of the nervous system that results in demyelination of axons in the brain and spinal cord. The history of MS in the context of HHV-6 began during 1995 when Peter Challoner, a scientist at PathoGenesis Corporation of Seattle, began looking for non-human genetic sequences in the brains of MS patients. He found an unusually high expression of HHV-6 DNA within oligodendrocytes. He also noticed a higher concentration of infected cells in areas where demyelination had occurred. His research was likely the first published study that suggested a link between HHV-6 and MS.
MS prevalence increases in populations as they are farther from the Equator. Incidence is three times higher in those born 42 degrees latitude north and above than in those born 37 degrees north and below. Individuals are also less likely to present with MS as an adult if their childhood was spent in a low incidence region. The possibility of a causative infectious agent in association with MS has been evaluated through the lens of these epidemiological findings.
To explain the data above, two hypotheses were originally proposed. The first is known as the Poliomyelitis hypothesis, and essentially suggests that infection at a young age confers immunity but adult infection increases MS risk. The second is known as the Prevalence hypothesis, and suggests that MS is caused by a pathogen that is more common in regions with high rates of MS. This pathogen would be widespread, and in most individuals would cause an asymptomatic latent infection. Only rarely and years after the primary infection does this agent cause the neurological symptoms of MS. A third hypothesis essentially combines these two and also suggests the involvement of multiple pathogens. The third may best apply to the epidemiological data.
The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) paradox is also worth mentioning, as HHV-6 has been reported to transactivate EBV. Individuals are at a 10-fold less risk of MS if they are seronegative for EBV. However, among individuals who are positive, those that acquire EBV infection later in life are at a 3-fold greater risk for MS.
Research suggests that viral infections can be tied even closer to MS. EBV antibodies in healthy individuals remain constant, whereas antibody levels in individuals who later develop MS begin to increase and plateau between 20 and 30 years of age, regardless of age of onset.
More specific to HHV-6, researchers in 2004 discovered that the initial stages of MS are associated with high levels of the active virus. Soon thereafter, researchers discovered that levels of active HHV-6 are also elevated during relapses/exacerbations of MS.
Researchers have demonstrated that levels of HHV-6 IgG1 and IgM antibodies are elevated in MS patients relative to controls.
Analysis of the epidemiological, active virus level, and immunological data above supports the plausibility of an infectious agent’s role in MS. However, the exact mechanism of a possible viral influence on the manifestation of MS is less clear. A few of the suggested mechanisms involve molecular mimicry, phosphorylation pathways, and cytokines.
- Multiple sclerosis – molecular mimicry
The first study to specifically investigate HHV-6-related demyelination appeared in the literature during 1996, when a previously healthy 19-month old child developed acute encephalopathy. Levels of myelin basic protein were elevated in his cerebrospinal fluid, suggesting that demyelination was occurring. This link was almost forgotten, until four years later when an MS-related study was published showing an HHV-6 prevalence of 90% among demyelinated brain tissues. In comparison, a mere 13% of disease-free brain tissues possessed the virus.
The molecular mimicry hypothesis, in which T cells are essentially confusing HHV-6 with myelin basic protein, first appeared around this time. Early on in the development of this hypothesis (2002), Italian researchers used the HHV-6a variant along with bovine myelin basic protein to generate cross-reactive T cell lines. These were compared to the T cells of individuals with MS as well as those of controls, and no significant difference was found between the two. Their early research suggested that molecular mimicry may not be a mechanism that is involved in MS.
A few months later, researchers in the United States created a synthetic peptide with a sequence identical to that of an HHV-6 peptide. They were able to show that T cells were activated by this peptide. These activated T cells also recognized and initiated an immune response against a synthetically created peptide sequence that is identical to part of human myelin basic protein. During their research, they found that the levels of these cross-reactive T cells are significantly elevated in MS patients. Their research concluded by suggesting that HHV-6 may indeed be a causative agent for MS.
Several similar studies followed. A variety of methods have been used to assess the cross-reactivation theory and so there are many possible sources for the conflicting results.
- Multiple sclerosis – phosphorylation pathways
Myelin basic protein (MBP) regularly exchanges phosphate groups with the environment, and its ability to do so has implications for proper myelin sheath integrity. More specifically, two threonine residues on MBP have been identified as the phosphorylation targets of glycogen synthase kinase and mitogen-activated protein kinase. Their action on MBP is said to aid in its ability to polymerize and bundle myelin. Phosphorylated MBP is also more resistant to the degradation of several proteases.
Among individuals with MS, these target threonines have been found to be phosphorylated far less often. In fact, HHV-6 produces a transmembrane protein, known as U24, that is also a phosphorylation target of the kinases mentioned above. This is due to a shared sequence of seven amino acids (MBP92–104=IVTPRTPPPSQGK; U241–13=MDPPRTPPPSYSE). As a result, essential post-translational modifications may not be occurring for MBPs in individuals with active HHV-6 infections.
- Multiple sclerosis – direct cell damage and altered cytokines
HHV-6 has been shown to infect olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs). OECs have been investigated thoroughly in relation to spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers suggest that these cells possess a unique ability to remyelinate injured neurons.
Some of the genes expressed by HHV-6 manipulate host levels of various cytokines (see section on gene products). For instance, infected cells have increased levels of interleukin-8, which is believed to induce MMP-9 elevation. Elevated levels of MMP-9 have been found among individuals with MS.
HHV-6 reactivation has also been implicated in the exacerbation of MS via a shift in Th lymphocyte subsets.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating chronic illness. The cause or causes of CFS are unknown. Patients with CFS have abnormal findings in the central nervous system (CNS) and autonomic nervous system, evidence of chronic activation of various parts of the immune system, and disordered energy metabolism.
For many, but not all, patients who meet criteria for CFS, the illness begins with an acute, infectious-like syndrome. Cases of CFS can follow well-documented infection with several infectious agents. A study of 259 patients with a "CFS-like" illness published shortly after HHV-6 was discovered used primary lymphocyte cultures to identify people with active replication of HHV-6. Such active replication was found in 70% of the patients vs. 20% of the control subjects (P< 10-8). The question raised but not answered by this study was whether the illness caused subtle immune deficiency that led to reactivation of HHV-6, or whether reactivation of HHV-6 led to the symptoms of the illness.
Subsequent studies employing only serological techniques that do not distinguish active from latent infection have produced mixed results: most, but not all, have found an association between CFS and HHV-6 infection.
Other studies have employed assays that can detect active infection: primary cell culture, PCR of serum or plasma or IgM early antigen antibodies. The majority of these studies have shown an association between CFS and active HHV-6 infection, although a few have not.
In summary, active infection with HHV-6 is present in a substantial fraction of patients with CFS. Moreover, HHV-6 is known to infect cells of the nervous system and immune system, organ systems with demonstrable abnormalities in CFS. Despite this association, it remains unproven that reactivated HHV-6 infection is a cause of CFS.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common of all thyroid diseases and is characterized by abundant lymphocyte infiltrate and thyroid impairment. Recent research suggests a potential role for HHV-6 (possibly variant A) in the development or triggering of Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
The typical methods whereby viruses initiate oncogenesis involve suppressing the host’s immune system, causing inflammation, or altering genes. Worldwide, viruses are estimated to cause 15 to 20 percent of all cancers in humans.
HHV-6 has been detected in lymphomas, leukemias, cervical cancers, and brain tumors. Various medulloblastoma cell lines as well as the cells of other brain tumors have been demonstrated to express the CD46 receptor. Viral DNA has also been identified in many other non-pathological brain tissues, but the levels are lower.
The human P53 protein has been suggested to be a tumor suppressor. Individuals who do not properly produce this protein experience a higher incidence of cancer, a phenomenon known as Li-Fraumeni syndrome. One of HHV-6’s gene products, the U14 protein, has been shown to bind P53 and incorporates it into virions. Another gene product, the ORF-1 protein, can also bind and inactivate P53. Cells expressing the ORF-1 gene have even been shown to produce fibrosarcomas when injected into mice.
HHV-6 induced ocular inflammation has been reported three times. All three were reported in elderly individuals, two during 2007 and one during 2011. The first two were reported in Japan and France, the most recent one in Japan.
These were believed to have occurred as a result of a reactivation, as anti-HHV-6 IgM antibody levels were low.
Temporal lobe epilepsy
Epilepsy of the mesial temporal lobe has been implicated in association with HHV-6 infection. Within this region of the brain exists three structures: the amygdala, hippocampus, and parahippocampal gyrus. Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) is the most common form of chronic epilepsy and its underlying mechanism is not fully understood.
Researchers consistently report having found HHV-6 DNA in tissues that were removed from patients with MTLE. Studies have even demonstrated a tendency for HHV-6 to aggregate in the temporal lobe, with the largest traces detected in astrocytes of the hippocampus.
However, one group of researchers ultimately concluded that HHV-6 may not be involved in MTLE related to Mesial Temporal Sclerosis.
The virus is a common cause of liver dysfunction and acute liver failure, and has recently been linked to periportal confluent necrosis. Furthermore, HHV-6 DNA is often detectable only in the biopsy tissues as DNA levels fall below the level of detection in blood in persistent cases. 
There are no drugs approved specifically for treating HHV-6 infection, although the usage of Cytomegalovirus treatments (valganciclovir, ganciclovir, cidofovir, and foscarnet) have shown some success. These drugs are given with the intent of inhibiting proper DNA polymerization by competing with deoxy triphosphate nucleotides or specifically inactivating viral DNA polymerases.
Finding a treatment is difficult when HHV-6 virus reactivation occurs after a transplant surgery because the patient takes immunosuppressants in order for the body to accept the transplant.
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