Antibodies against cytomegalovirus and Kaposi's sarcoma

S. Veraldi, P. Ferrante, M. Barbi, R. Mancuso, L. Brambilla, D. Marini

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In order to evaluate the role of cytomegalovirus in Kaposi's sarcoma serum and urine samples of 19 patients suffering from Mediterranean Kaposi's sarcoma were taken. IgG and IgM antibodies against cytomegalovirus were evaluated by means of ELA and complement fixation tests. Viral isolation studies were carried out by means of a cell line of human fetal diploid fibroblasts. High titers of IgG antibodies against cytomegalovirus were found only in one out of 19 cases. ELA method for IgM antibodies against cytomegalovirus was negative in all patients. Furthermore, neither cytomegalovirus nor other viruses were isolated from cell cultures. On the basis of the data collected no relationship was found between cytomegalovirus and Mediterranean Kaposi's sarcoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-77
Number of pages3
JournalGiornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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