TT virus (TTV)--etiologic agent of acute hepatitis?

Department of Infectious Diseases, Laboratory of Virology, Skubiszewski Medical University of Lublin.
Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska. Sectio D: Medicina 02/2004; 59(2):539-42.
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TT virus (TTV) was first isolated in 1997 from the patient with acute posttransfusion hepatitis. This fact led to the conclusion the virus was hepatotropic and could be considered as one of causative agents of acute hepatitis. However, later it was found in other human tissues and serological studies have revealed it is widespread. Multiple tropisms of TTV and the fact the virus is found in high rate of general population, are considered arguments for lack of medical significance of TTV in human pathology. Here we present a report of two cases of acute viral hepatitis in patients hospitalized at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Medical University of Lublin, in whom TTV-DNA was found in serum and serological and virological markers of common primary and secondary hepatotropic viruses were negative. The cases of acute hepatitis we present here should be treated as a preliminary report and the comment in the discussion about the real role of TTV in human pathology.

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    • "Tumour development can also depend on the proviral integration site. There is growing evidence for the association of TTV with specific diseases such as post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) in swine, and rhinitis, asthma, hepatic disease, pancreatic cancer and idiopathic inflammatory myopathies in humans [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25]. It should be emphasised that TTV has the ability to be transmitted vertically in humans and swine [26] [27]. "
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