Merkel cell polyomavirus strains in patients with merkel cell carcinoma.

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Unit 618, Tours, France.
Emerging Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 6.79). 07/2009; 15(6):960-2. DOI: 10.3201/eid1506.081463
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ABSTRACT We investigated whether Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) patients in France carry Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) and then identified strain variations. All frozen MCC specimens and 45% of formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded specimens, but none of the non-MCC neuroendocrine carcinomas specimens, had MCPyV. Strains from France and the United States were similar.

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