TITLE

ROLE OF BORNA DISEASE VIRUS IN NEUROPSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES: ARE WE INCHING CLOSER?

AUTHOR(S)
Thakur, R.; Sarma, S.; Sharma, B.
PUB. DATE
July 2009
SOURCE
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Jul2009, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p191
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The biological cause of psychiatric illnesses continues to be under intense scrutiny. Among the various neurotropic viruses, Borna disease virus (BDV) is another virus that preferentially targets the neurons of the limbic system and has been shown to be associated with behavioural abnormalities. Presence of various BDV markers, including viral RNA, in patients with affective and mood disorders have triggered ongoing debate worldwide regarding its aetiopathogenic relationship. This article analyses its current state of knowledge and recent advances in diagnosis in order to prove or refute the association of BDV in causation of human neuropsychiatric disorders. This emerging viral causative association of behavioural disorders, which seems to be inching closer, has implication not only for a paradigm shift in the treatment and management of neuropsychiatric illnesses but also has an important impact on the public health systems.
ACCESSION #
43225704

 

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