Fanconi anemia patients are more susceptible to infection with tumor virus SV40

Manola Comar, Daniela De Rocco, Enrico Cappelli, Nunzia Zanotta, Roberta Bottega, Johanna Svahn, Piero Farruggia, Aldo Misuraca, Fabio Corsolini, Carlo Dufour, Anna Savoia

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Fanconi anemia (FA) is a recessive DNA repair disease characterized by a high predisposition to developing neoplasms. DNA tumor polyomavirus simian virus 40 (SV40) transforms FA fibroblasts at high efficiency suggesting that FA patients could be highly susceptible to SV40 infection. To test this hypothesis, the large tumor (LT) antigen of SV40, BKV, JCV and Merkel Cell (MC) polyomaviruses were tested in blood samples from 89 FA patients and from 82 of their parents. Two control groups consisting of 47 no-FA patients affected by other genetic bone marrow failure diseases and 91 healthy subjects were also evaluated. Although JCV, BKV and MC were not found in any of the FA samples, the prevalence and viral load of SV40 were higher in FA patients (25%; mean viral load: 1.1x102 copies/105cells) as compared with healthy individuals (4.3%; mean viral load: 0.8x101 copies/10 5cells) and genetic controls (0%) (p

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere79683
JournalPLoS One
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 18 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Comar, M., De Rocco, D., Cappelli, E., Zanotta, N., Bottega, R., Svahn, J., Farruggia, P., Misuraca, A., Corsolini, F., Dufour, C., & Savoia, A. (2013). Fanconi anemia patients are more susceptible to infection with tumor virus SV40. PLoS One, 8(11), [e79683].