Nancy M. Sawtell, PhD

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7880

Fax 513-636-7655



Molecular mechanisms of herpes virus latency and reactivation; viral persistence; pathogenesis; animal models of disease

BA: Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, 1975.

PhD: Pathology and Immunology, University of Cincinnati Medical College, Cincinnati, OH, 1986.

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Farley N, Bernstein DI, Bravo FJ, Earwood J, Sawtell N, Cardin RD. Recurrent vaginal shedding of herpes simplex type 2 virus in the mouse and effects of antiviral therapy. Antiviral Res. 2010 May;86(2):188-95.

Thompson RL, Preston CM, Sawtell NM. De novo synthesis of VP16 coordinates the exit from HSV latency in vivo. PLoS Pathog. 2009 Mar;5(3):e1000352.

Currier MA, Gillespie RA, Sawtell NM, Mahller YY, Stroup G, Collins MH, Kambara H, Chiocca EA, Cripe TP. Efficacy and safety of the oncolytic herpes simplex virus rRp450 alone and combined with cyclophosphamide. Mol Ther. 2008 May;16(5):879-85.

Thompson RL, Sawtell NM. Evidence that the herpes simplex virus type 1 ICP0 protein does not initiate reactivation from latency in vivo. J Virol. 2006 Nov;80(22):10919-30.

Sawtell NM, Thompson RL, Haas RL. Herpes simplex virus DNA synthesis is not a decisive regulatory event in the initiation of lytic viral protein expression in neurons in vivo during primary infection or reactivation from latency. J Virol. 2006 Jan;80(1):38-50.

Sawtell NM. Detection and quantification of the rare latently infected cell undergoing herpes simplex virus transcriptional activation in the nervous system in vivo. Methods Mol Biol. 2005;292:57-72.

Sawtell NM, Thompson RL. Comparison of herpes simplex virus reactivation in ganglia in vivo and in explants demonstrates quantitative and qualitative differences. J Virol. 2004 Jul;78(14):7784-94.

Thompson RL, Shieh MT, Sawtell NM. Analysis of herpes simplex virus ICP0 promoter function in sensory neurons during acute infection, establishment of latency, and reactivation in vivo. J Virol. 2003 Nov;77(22):12319-30.

Sawtell NM. Quantitative analysis of herpes simplex virus reactivation in vivo demonstrates that reactivation in the nervous system is not inhibited at early times postinoculation. J Virol. 2003 Apr;77(7):4127-38.

Sawtell NM, Thompson RL, Stanberry LR, Bernstein DI. Early intervention with high-dose acyclovir treatment during primary herpes simplex virus infection reduces latency and subsequent reactivation in the nervous system in vivo. J Infect Dis. 2001 Oct 15;184(8):964-71.