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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
Print version ISSN 1517-8382
IMBRONITO, Ana Vitória et al. Detection of human cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus in coronary atherosclerotic tissue. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2010, vol.41, n.3, pp.563-566. ISSN 1517-8382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822010000300004.
Previous studies indicated that patients with atherosclerosis are predominantly infected by human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), but rarely infected by type 1 Epstein-Barr virus (EBV-1). In this study, atheromas of 30 patients who underwent aortocoronary bypass surgery with coronary endartherectomy were tested for the presence of these two viruses. HCMV occurred in 93.3% of the samples and EBV-1 was present in 50% of them. Concurrent presence of both pathogens was detected in 43.3% of the samples.
Keywords : atherosclerosis; cytomegalovirus; Epstein-Barr virus.