Molecular Medicine

Peter Medveczky A-6846-2012

Peter Medveczky, MD

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612

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  • MD, Medicine, Semmelweis Medical University, 1970

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease

Research Interests

  • We are virologists and molecular biologists interested in oncogenic and neurotropic herpesviruses. These large DNA viruses cause cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.<BR>
  • <P><B>Project 1</B> involves experiments on the Kaposi's sarcoma Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) related to latency and oncogenic transformation. In this context we also study the role of marijuanas major compound THC and its receptors in modulation of oncogenic herpesviruses. Project is funded by a 5 year NIH grant.</P>
  • <P><B>Project 2</B> is molecular biology of the viral interleukin-6 (vIL-6) of KSHV that is possibly involved in the oncogenic transformation process. Funding is pending.</P>
  • <P><B>Project 3</B> Identification novel oncogenic viruses in AIDS lymphomas (50% has no known etiology). Funding is pending.</P>
  • <P><B>Project 4</B> Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (M.S.). Recent data show that variant HHV-6A infected marmosets develop an MS-like disease but variant B infected animals remain healthy suggesting that variant A virus encodes specific genes responsible for this phenotype. About 65 genes of the two variant genomes are highly homologous; however, about 15 genes show significant sequence divergence. Currently we are developing a system to identify genes of interest e.g. involved in neurotropism and M.S. Funded by a small grant and other grants are pending.</P>
  • <P><B>Project 5</B> HHV-6 is a unique human virus as we discovered that its genome integrates into telomeres of human chromosomes. We have identified families with integrated HHV-6 in chromosomes 17 and 18. These patients are diagnosed with various CNS conditions and show weakened immune responses.</P>


  • Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology (Member Editorial Board, 2000 - Present)
  • NIH Immunological Sciences Immunity and Host Defense (Member, 2004 - 2006)
  • NIH Immunological Sciences Study Section Innate Immunity/Host Defense (Member, 2001 - 2003)

Recent Publications

  • Lum E, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. Is inherited human herpesvirus 6 the perpetrator behind some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome? Future microbiology. 9(4) : 433-6, 2014.
  • Ablashi D Agut H Alvarez-Lafuente R Clark DA Dewhurst S DiLuca D Flamand L Frenkel N Gallo R Gompels UA Höllsberg P Jacobson S Luppi M Lusso P Malnati M Medveczky P Mori Y Pellett PE Pritchett JC Yamanishi K Yoshikawa T. Classification of HHV-6A and HHV-6B as distinct viruses. Arch Virol. 159(5) : 863-70, 2014.
  • Pantry SN, Medveczky MM, Arbuckle JH, Luka J, Montoya JG, Hu J, Renne R, Peterson D, Pritchett JC, Ablashi DV, Medveczky PG. Persistent human herpesvirus-6 infection in patients with an inherited form of the virus. Journal of medical virology. 85(11) : 1940-6, 2013.
  • Arbuckle JH, Pantry SN, Medveczky MM, Prichett J, Loomis KS, Ablashi D, Medveczky PG. Mapping the telomere integrated genome of human herpesvirus 6A and 6B. Virology. 442(1) : 3-11, 2013.
  • Asima Cheema Joseph Katta Ana Paula Velez Maria Medveczky Peter Medveczky Brandon J Blue Albert L Vincent Ramon L Sandin John N Greene M, D. Germ Line Integrated Human Herpesvirus 6 Simulating Active Viremia and Encephalitis: Case Report. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 20: 419-421, 2012.
  • Pellett PE, Ablashi DV, Ambros PF, Agut H, Caserta MT, Descamps V, Flamand L, Gautheret-Dejean A, Hall CB, Kamble RT, Kuehl U, Lassner D, Lautenschlager I, Loomis KS, Luppi M, Lusso P, Medveczky PG, Montoya JG, Mori Y, Ogata M, Pritchett JC, Rogez S, Seto E, Ward KN, Yoshikawa T, Razonable RR. Chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6: questions and answers. Reviews in medical virology. 22(3) : 144-55, 2012.
  • Montoya JG, Neely MN, Gupta S, Lunn MR, Loomis KS, Pritchett JC, Polsky B, Medveczky PG. Antiviral therapy of two patients with chromosomally-integrated human herpesvirus-6A presenting with cognitive dysfunction. Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. 55(1) : 40-5, 2012.
  • Arbuckle JH, Medveczky PG. The molecular biology of human herpesvirus-6 latency and telomere integration. Microbes and infection / Institut Pasteur. 13(8-9) : 731-41, 2011.
  • Flamand L, Komaroff AL, Arbuckle JH, Medveczky PG, Ablashi DV. Review, part 1: Human herpesvirus-6-basic biology, diagnostic testing, and antiviral efficacy. Journal of medical virology. 82(9) : 1560-8, 2010.
  • Arbuckle JH, Medveczky MM, Luka J, Hadley SH, Luegmayr A, Ablashi D, Lund TC, Tolar J, De Meirleir K, Montoya JG, Komaroff AL, Ambros PF, Medveczky PG. The latent human herpesvirus-6A genome specifically integrates in telomeres of human chromosomes in vivo and in vitro. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 107(12) : 5563-8, 2010.
  • Bedoya F, Medveczky PG. Formation of Mitochondrial Genome Concatemers as an Alternative Mechanism Promoting Oncogenic Transformation of Lymphoid Cells. Bioscience hypotheses. 2(5) : 310-312, 2009.
  • Medveczky MM, Sherwood TA, Klein TW, Friedman H, Medveczky PG. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhibits lytic replication of gamma oncogenic herpesviruses in vitro. BMC medicine. 2: 34, 2004.
  • Meads MB, Medveczky PG. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus-encoded viral interleukin-6 is secreted and modified differently than human interleukin-6: evidence for a unique autocrine signaling mechanism. The Journal of biological chemistry. 279(50) : 51793-803, 2004.
  • Fejér G, Medveczky MM, Horvath E, Lane B, Chang Y, Medveczky PG. The latency-associated nuclear antigen of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus interacts preferentially with the terminal repeats of the genome in vivo and this complex is sufficient for episomal DNA replication. The Journal of general virology. 84(Pt 6) : 1451-62, 2003.
  • Collins CM, Medveczky MM, Lund T, Medveczky PG. The terminal repeats and latency-associated nuclear antigen of herpesvirus saimiri are essential for episomal persistence of the viral genome. The Journal of general virology. 83(Pt 9) : 2269-78, 2002.
  • Kjellen P, Amdjadi K, Lund TC, Medveczky PG, Sefton BM. The herpesvirus saimiri tip484 and tip488 proteins both stimulate lck tyrosine protein kinase activity in vivo and in vitro. Virology. 297(2) : 281-8, 2002.
  • Collins CM, Medveczky PG. Genetic requirements for the episomal maintenance of oncogenic herpesvirus genomes. Advances in cancer research. 84: 155-74, 2002.
  • Hartley DA, Amdjadi K, Hurley TR, Lund TC, Medveczky PG, Sefton BM. Activation of the Lck tyrosine protein kinase by the Herpesvirus saimiri tip protein involves two binding interactions. Virology. 276(2) : 339-48, 2000.
  • Lund TC, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. Interferon-alpha induction of STATs1, -3 DNA binding and growth arrest is independent of Lck and active mitogen-activated kinase in T cells. Cellular immunology. 192(2) : 133-9, 1999.
  • Hartley DA, Hurley TR, Hardwick JS, Lund TC, Medveczky PG, Sefton BM. Activation of the lck tyrosine-protein kinase by the binding of the tip protein of herpesvirus saimiri in the absence of regulatory tyrosine phosphorylation. The Journal of biological chemistry. 274(29) : 20056-9, 1999.
  • Lund TC, Coleman C, Horvath E, Sefton BM, Jove R, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. The Src-family kinase Lck can induce STAT3 phosphorylation and DNA binding activity. Cellular signalling. 11(11) : 789-96, 1999.
  • Lund TC, Prator PC, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. The Lck binding domain of herpesvirus saimiri tip-484 constitutively activates Lck and STAT3 in T cells. Journal of virology. 73(2) : 1689-94, 1999.
  • Medveczky MM, Horvath E, Lund T, Medveczky PG. In vitro antiviral drug sensitivity of the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus. AIDS (London, England). 11(11) : 1327-32, 1997.
  • Lund TC, Garcia R, Medveczky MM, Jove R, Medveczky PG. Activation of STAT transcription factors by herpesvirus Saimiri Tip-484 requires p56lck. Journal of virology. 71(9) : 6677-82, 1997.
  • Lund T, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. Herpesvirus saimiri Tip-484 membrane protein markedly increases p56lck activity in T cells. Journal of virology. 71(1) : 378-82, 1997.
  • Kung SH, Medveczky PG. Identification of a herpesvirus Saimiri cis-acting DNA fragment that permits stable replication of episomes in transformed T cells. Journal of virology. 70(3) : 1738-44, 1996.
  • Lund T, Medveczky MM, Neame PJ, Medveczky PG. A herpesvirus saimiri membrane protein required for interleukin-2 independence forms a stable complex with p56lck. Journal of virology. 70(1) : 600-6, 1996.
  • Williams L, Moscinski LC, Medveczky PG. Immunoglobulin germline mu transcripts in acute myelogenous leukemia cells vary in splicing pattern and are heterogeneous. Leukemia : official journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K. 9(12) : 2016-22, 1995.
  • Lund T, Medveczky MM, Geck P, Medveczky PG. A herpesvirus saimiri protein required for interleukin-2 independence is associated with membranes of transformed T cells. Journal of virology. 69(7) : 4495-9, 1995.
  • Chou CS, Medveczky MM, Geck P, Vercelli D, Medveczky PG. Expression of IL-2 and IL-4 in T lymphocytes transformed by herpesvirus saimiri. Virology. 208(2) : 418-26, 1995.
  • Whitaker S, Geck P, Medveczky MM, Cus J, Kung SH, Lund T, Medveczky PG. A polycistronic transcript in transformed cells encodes the dihydrofolate reductase of herpesvirus saimiri. Virus genes. 10(2) : 163-72, 1995.
  • Chou CS, Geck P, Medveczky MM, Hernandez OM, Medveczky PG. Induction of a herpesvirus saimiri small RNA AU binding factor (AUBF70) activity and lymphokine mRNAs by T cell mitogens. Archives of virology. 140(3) : 415-35, 1995.
  • Geck P, Medveczky MM, Chou CS, Brown A, Cus J, Medveczky PG. Herpesvirus saimiri small RNA and interleukin-4 mRNA AUUUA repeats compete for sequence-specific factors including a novel 70K protein. The Journal of general virology. 75 ( Pt 9): 2293-301, 1994.
  • Geck P, Whitaker SA, Medveczky MM, Last TJ, Medveczky PG. Small RNA expression from the oncogenic region of a highly oncogenic strain of herpesvirus saimiri. Virus genes. 8(1) : 25-34, 1994.
  • Medveczky MM, Geck P, Vassallo R, Medveczky PG. Expression of the collagen-like putative oncoprotein of Herpesvirus saimiri in transformed T cells. Virus genes. 7(4) : 349-65, 1993.
  • Medveczky MM, Geck P, Sullivan JL, Serbousek D, Djeu JY, Medveczky PG. IL-2 independent growth and cytotoxicity of herpesvirus saimiri-infected human CD8 cells and involvement of two open reading frame sequences of the virus. Virology. 196(2) : 402-12, 1993.
  • Medveczky PG. Western blotting and polymerase chain reaction for diagnosis of HIV infection. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association. 79(1) : 47-50, 1992.
  • Geck P, Whitaker SA, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. Expression of collagenlike sequences by a tumor virus, herpesvirus saimiri. Journal of virology. 65(12) : 7084, 1991.
  • Sairenji T, Bertoni G, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG, Humphreys RE. Inhibition of Epstein-Barr virus production in P3HR-1 cells by Epstein-Barr virus-seropositive human serum. Intervirology. 32(1) : 37-51, 1991.
  • Geck P, Whitaker SA, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG. Expression of collagenlike sequences by a tumor virus, herpesvirus saimiri. Journal of virology. 64(7) : 3509-15, 1990.
  • Medveczky MM, Szomolanyi E, Hesselton R, DeGrand D, Geck P, Medveczky PG. Herpesvirus saimiri strains from three DNA subgroups have different oncogenic potentials in New Zealand white rabbits. Journal of virology. 63(9) : 3601-11, 1989.
  • Medveczky MM, Geck P, Clarke C, Byrnes J, Sullivan JL, Medveczky PG. Arrangement of repetitive sequences in the genome of herpesvirus Sylvilagus. Journal of virology. 63(2) : 1010-4, 1989.
  • Medveczky PG, Medveczky MM. Expression of interleukin 2 receptors in T cells transformed by strains of Herpesvirus saimiri representing three DNA subgroups. Intervirology. 30(4) : 213-26, 1989.
  • Sairenji T, Bertoni G, Medveczky MM, Medveczky PG, Nguyen QV, Humphreys RE. Inhibition of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) release from P3HR-1 and B95-8 cell lines by monoclonal antibodies to EBV membrane antigen gp350/220. Journal of virology. 62(8) : 2614-21, 1988.

Positions Held

  • Associate Professor (Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Florida 1990 - 2006)
  • Assistant Professor (Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School 1982 - 1990)
  • Assistant, then Associate Professor (Dept. of Microbiology, Semmelweis Medical University 1973 - 1982)