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Research Article

Virologic and Immunologic Evidence Supporting an Association between HHV-6 and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

  • Elisabetta Caselli mail,

    csb@unife.it

    Affiliation: Section of Microbiology, Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Maria Chiara Zatelli,

    Affiliation: Section of Endocrinology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Advanced Therapies and LTTA, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Roberta Rizzo,

    Affiliation: Section of Microbiology, Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Sabrina Benedetti,

    Affiliation: Section of Microbiology, Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Debora Martorelli,

    Affiliation: Cancer Bio-Immunotherapy Unit, CRO – IRCCS, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy

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  • Giorgio Trasforini,

    Affiliation: Section of Endocrinology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Advanced Therapies and LTTA, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Enzo Cassai,

    Affiliation: Section of Microbiology, Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Ettore C. degli Uberti,

    Affiliation: Section of Endocrinology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Advanced Therapies and LTTA, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Dario Di Luca,

    Affiliation: Section of Microbiology, Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Riccardo Dolcetti

    Affiliation: Cancer Bio-Immunotherapy Unit, CRO – IRCCS, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy

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  • Published: October 04, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002951

About the Authors

Elisabetta Caselli, Roberta Rizzo, Sabrina Benedetti, Enzo Cassai, Dario Di Luca
Section of Microbiology, Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Maria Chiara Zatelli, Giorgio Trasforini, Ettore C. degli Uberti
Section of Endocrinology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Advanced Therapies and LTTA, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Debora Martorelli, Riccardo Dolcetti
Cancer Bio-Immunotherapy Unit, CRO – IRCCS, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy

Corresponding Author

Email: csb@unife.it

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: E. Caselli, D. di Luca, R. Dolcetti. Performed the experiments: E. Caselli. M.C. Zatelli, R. Rizzo, S. Benedetti, D. Martorelli. Analyzed the data: E. Caselli, M.C. Zatelli, E. Cassai, E.C. degli Uberti, D. di Luca, R. Dolcetti. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: M.C. Zatelli, G. Trasforini. Wrote the paper: E. Caselli, D. di Luca, R. Dolcetti. Coordinated interaction between departments and discussed results: E. Cassai.