viral set point


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viral set point

The balance in a viral infection between the viral load and the response by the immune system to initial infection. It may be one of the predictors of disease progression in illnesses such as HIV infection.
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As a rule, SIV infection leads to a peak viral load after about 2 weeks, which then decreases over the next few weeks to a steady-state termed viral "set point." A high viral set point indicates that an animal will progress more rapidly to end-stage disease compared with animals with low viral set points (Staprans et al.
Based on published formulas, our estimated increase of 0.4 [log.sub.10] copies/mL in viral set point corresponds to a potential 44% increase in transmissibility," Dr.
Because the viral set point is a key determinant of clinical outcome, we examined whether miRNAs associated with rapid disease progression were also correlated with viral set point by dividing the patients with EHI into 2 groups, patients with high (>4.5 log copies/mL) or low (<4 log copies/mL) viral set points (Fig.