Evaluation of lithium as an inhibitory agent of herpes simplex virus in cell cultures and during reactivation of latent infection in rabbits.

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  • Lithium carbonate inhibited plaque formation of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 in rabbit kidney and Vero cells (50% effective dose, 435.5 to 490 micrograms/ml). Plasma lithium levels of 67 to 134 micrograms/ml were achieved by oral therapy in rabbits. However, neither ocular virus shedding nor virus-positive trigeminal ganglia were reduced after intentional reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus infection.
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  • Animals, Herpes Simplex, Kidney, Lithium, Male, Rabbits, Recurrence, Simplexvirus, Viral Plaque Assay, Virus Cultivation
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  • Trousdale MD; Gordon YJ; Peters AC; Gropen TI; Nelson E; Nesburn AB
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  • 522
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  • 523
  • Volume

  • 25
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  • 4