Lithium and Virus Infections

  • Steven Specter
  • Gerald Lancz
  • Ricardo O. Bach


Lithium salts (Li) have been shown to influence viral infections by two distinct mechanisms: by inhibiting the cycle of virus replication and by stimulating protective host immune responses to viruses. Refer to Chapter 5 for an in depth discussion of stimulation of immune cell functions. Lithium has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects (1), to enhance both lymphocyte and macrophage functions (2), to decrease the activity of suppressor T lymphocytes (3), and to enhance granulocyte function (4). The in vitro and in vivo antiviral activities of lithium are the focus of this chapter.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Genital Herpes Herpes Simplex Virus Infection Lithium Chloride Lithium Salt 
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  • Steven Specter
  • Gerald Lancz
  • Ricardo O. Bach

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