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

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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
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 18 2013

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Tumor Virus Infections
Simian virus 40
Fanconi Anemia
biological resistance
Viruses
Tumors
viruses
neoplasms
JC polyomavirus
viral load
Viral Load
DNA
Neoplasm Antigens
Fibroblasts
Polyomaviridae
Merkel cell polyomavirus
Merkel Cells
Bone Marrow Diseases
Bone
Polyomavirus

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Fanconi anemia patients are more susceptible to infection with tumor virus SV40. / Comar, Manola; De Rocco, Daniela; Cappelli, Enrico; Zanotta, Nunzia; Bottega, Roberta; Svahn, Johanna; Farruggia, Piero; Misuraca, Aldo; Corsolini, Fabio; Dufour, Carlo; Savoia, Anna.

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