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Absence of simian virus 40 (SV40) DNA in lymphoma samples from Tasmania, Australia


Sui, LF and Williamson, J and Lowenthal, RM and Parker, AJC, Absence of simian virus 40 (SV40) DNA in lymphoma samples from Tasmania, Australia, Pathology, 37, (2) pp. 157-159. ISSN 0031-3025 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00313020500058474


Aims: It has been postulated that the recent world-wide increase in the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) may have been caused by human infection with simian virus 40 (SV40) (a lymphotropic monkey virus that was introduced to man from contaminated poliovirus vaccines between 1955 and 1963); therefore, we set out to determine the incidence of SV40 DNA positivity in lymphoma samples from patients in Tasmania, Australia. Methods: One hundred lymph node samples, 50 from patients with lymphomas and 50 from controls, were tested using PCR amplification of three SV40-specific primer pairs followed by dot-blot hybridisation. Results: All of the samples tested contained amplifiable DNA, but none contained amplifiable SV40 sequences with any of the primer sets used. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate absence of SV40 in the lymphoid tissues of our study population in Tasmania, Australia. SV40 does not explain the increasing incidence of NHL in our population. © 2005 Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sui, LF (Mr Lee Fan Sui)
UTAS Author:Lowenthal, RM (Professor Ray Lowenthal)
ID Code:36150
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-06-21

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