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Vanessa Rivera Amill

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology


  1. Rivera-Amill V, Noel RJ Jr, Orsini S, Tirado G, Garcia JM, Buch S, Kumar A. Variable region 4 of SIV envelope correlates with rapid disease progression in morphine-exposed macaques infected with SIV/SHIV. 2007. Virology 358 (2): 373-383. PMID: 17011009

  2. Pérez-Casanova, A., Noel, R., Rivera-Amill, V., Husain, K., and Kumar, A. Morphine mediated deterioration of oxidative stress leads to rapid disease progression in SIV/SHIV-infected macaques. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2007 Aug;23 (8):1004-7. PMID: 17725417

  3. Perez-Casanova A, Husain K, Noel RJ Jr, Rivera-Amill V, Kumar A. Interaction of SIV/SHIV infection and morphine on plasma oxidant/antioxidant balance in macaque. Mol Cell Biochem. 2008 Jan; 308(1-2):169-75. Epub 2007 Oct 13. PMID: 17934700

  4. Noel RJ Jr, Rivera-Amill V, Buch S, Kumar A. Opiates, immune system, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and nonhuman primate model. J Neurovirol. 2008 Aug; 14 (4):279-85. PMID: 18780228

  5. Rivera-Amill V, Noel RJ Jr, Rivera-Roman I, Garcia Flores Y, Buch S and Kumar A. Analysis of the V1V2 region of SIV envelope in the brains of morphine-dependent and control SIV/SHIV infected macaques. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2009. May; 25 (5):531-4. PMID: 19397400 PMCID: PMC2853860

  6. Rivera-Amill V, Kumar R, Noel RJ Jr, Garcia Y, Rodriguez IV, Martinez M, Sariol CA, Kraiselburd E, Iszard M, Mukherji M, Kumar S, Giavedoni LD, Kumar A. Short communication: Lack of immune response in rapid progressor morphine-dependent and SIV/SHIV-infected rhesus macaques is correlated with downregulation of TH1 cytokines. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Aug; 26 (8):919-22. PMID: 20672973 PMCID: PMC2957625

  7. Rivera-Amill V, Noel RJ Jr, García Y, Rivera I, Iszard M, Buch S, Kumar A. Accelerated evolution of SIV env within the cerebral compartment in the setting of morphine-dependent rapid disease progression. Virology. 2010 Mar 15; 398 (2):201-7. PMID: 20042209 PMCID: PMC2828616

  8. Rivera-Amill V, Silverstein PS, Noel RJ Jr, Kumar S, Kumar A. Morphine and rapid disease progression in nonhuman primate model of AIDS: inverse correlation between disease progression and virus evolution. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 2010 Mar; 5 (1):122-32. Review. PMID: 20013315

  9. Shah A, Verma AS, Patel KH, Noel R, Rivera-Amill V, Silverstein PS, Chaudhary S, Bhat HK, Stamatatos L, Singh DP, Buch S, Kumar A. HIV-1 gp120 induces expression of IL-6 through a nuclear factor-kappa B-dependent mechanism: suppression by gp120 specific small interfering RNA. PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e21261. Epub 2011 Jun 21. PMID: 21712995

  10. G. Chompre, E. Cruz, L. Maldonado, V. Rivera-Amill, J.T. Porter, and R. J. Noel, Jr. Astrocytic expression of HIV-1 Nef impairs spatial and recognition memory. Neurobiology of Disease. 2012. (under revision).