The herpes simplex virus type 1 latency associated transcript locus is required for the maintenance of reactivation competent latent infections
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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) establishes latent infections in sensory neurons from which it can periodically reactivate and cause recurrent disease and transmission to new hosts. Little is known about the virally encoded mechanisms that influence the maintenance of HSV latent infectious and modulate the frequency of virus reactivation from the latent state. Here, we report that the latency associated transcript locus of HSV-1 is required for long-term maintenance of reactivation competent latent infections.