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January 1971

Further Electron Microscopic Observations of Herpes Zoster Virus

Author Affiliations

Kyoto, Japan

From Kyoto, Japan.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(1):45-49. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000130047006

Biopsy specimens from the skin lesion of herpes zoster were fixed in glutaraldehyde and OsO4 embedded (Vestopal-W). Sections were double stained with uranyl acetate and lead hydroxide. A more detailed ultrastructure of herpes zoster virus was shown than reported so far. In the extracellular space, most of the virions showed an empty core. Virions were found in fibroblasts and in the axons of unmyelinated nerves. The development of virions in the nuclei of endothelial cells was also seen. Cutaneous nerves were markedly destroyed.

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