What is Pathology - Is it possible for viruses to cause apoptosis?
Yes. Hepatocyte apoptosis in viral hepatitis is the finest example. Hepatocytes that have entered apoptosis appear as anuclear, spherical eosinophilic bodies. Similar apoptotic entities found in the liver of yellow fever patients are known as Councilman bodies, after the scientist who first identified them. Apoptosis is how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) kills CD4 helper T cells.
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