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Helio Gelli Pereira

Hélio Gelli Pereira, Brazilian virologist (Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro State 23 September 1918 – Rio de Janeiro 17 August 1994)
 
Of Italian descent from maternal side
 
 

DISCOVERIES

Known internationally for his work on vertebrate viruses
 

Elucidated the nature of the fibre, penton and hexon antigens of adenoviruses and first revealed the morphology of adenovirus

With R.C. Valentine. Antigens and structure of the adenovirus. J. Biol. Mol. 13:13-20, 1965
 

Discovered picobirnavirus (PBV), a new virus group with segmented double-stranded RNA

With T.H. Flewett, J.A. Candeias & O.M. Barth. A virus with a bisegmented double-stranded RNA genome in rat (Oryzomys nigripes) intestine. J. Gen. Virol. 69:2749-54, 1988
 

Discovered picotrinavirus (PTV)

With S.P. Monteiro, A.M. Fialho & J.P. Gagliardi. Viruses with segmented double-stranded RNA in chickens. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootecn. 43(2):141-6, 1991
 
With A.M. Fialho & T.H. Flewett. Novel viruses in human faeces. Lancet 71(2):103-4, 1988 
 

With I.J. Green, S.C. Hung, P.S. Yu & C.W. Lee. The isolation and characterization of a new influenza type B virus on Taiwan. Amer.J. Hyg. 79:107-112, 1964


With J.H. Darbyshire, P.S. Dawson, P.H. Lamont & D.C. Ostler. A new adenovirus serotype of bovine origin. J. Comp. Path. 75(3):327-30, 1965


With N.J. Knowles & L.S. Buckley. Classification of porcine enteroviruses by antigenic analysis and cytopathic effects in tissue culture: description of 3 new serotypes. Arch. Virol. 62(3):201-8, 1979  


With S. Takimoto, H. Tanaka, L.F. Gomes et al. Preliminary characterization of a new virus isolated from the spinal fluid of patients with meningitis in São Paulo, Brazil. Rev. Inst. Med. Trop São Paulo 32(3):162-7, 1990

 
 

METHODS

With R.S. Azeredo, J.P.G. Leite, Z.P. Andrade & L. Castro. A combined enzyme immunoassay for rotavirus and adenovirus (EI/RA). J. Virol. Methods 10:21-8, 1985
 
Established test that employ immunofluorescence technique for daily use in blood banks
 
Developed Pereira technique of removing virus-serum mixtures from tissue culture tubes
 

Developed a test for diagnosing peripheral rota and adenovirus


With J. Travassos. A quantitative agglutination method for study of the specific agglutination of micro-organisms. J. Gen. Microbiol. 7:61-8, 1952


With G.C. Schild & M. Henry Aymard. A quantitative, single-radial diffusion test for immunological studies with influenza virus. J. Gen. Virol. 16(2):231-6, 1972


With V.S. Gouvea & L. de Castro. A combined dot nitrocellulose enzyme immunoassay for rotavirus and adenovirus. J. Virol. Methods 18(1):57-65, 1987


With J.I. dos Santos, B. Galvão-Castro, D.C. Mello & M.S. Pereira. Dot enzyme immunoassay. A simple, cheap and stable test for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). J. Immunol. Methods 29(2):191-4, 1987

 
 
HONORS
Honorary Member, Société Française de Microbiologie (1961)