Zinc may have a therapeutic role in the treatment of human cytomegalovirus infection. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The correlation between prognosis of HCMV infection and zinc in mature women.
J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2004;24(6):628-9. PMID: 15791862
The aim of the study was to investigate the correlation between prognosis of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection and zinc in mature women, in order to explore the effect of serum zinc on HCMV infection. 900 mature woman were examined for zinc level and serum HCMV specific antibodies (IgG and IgM). 63 HCMV-IgM positive cases were divided into 3 subgroups according to their serum zinc level, and HCMV-IgM was observed for conversion after treatment with a Chinese traditional medicine (Jinyebadu). Our results showed that the mean concentration of zinc in serum was significantly lower in HCMV-IgM(+) group than that in HCMV-IgM(-) group (P<0.001). A positive correlation was found between the response of mature females with HCMV infection to the treatment and the levels of serum zinc (P<0.001). The response of mature women with HCMV is poor when the serum zinc is lower than 0.70.