HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
No role for simian virus 40 in human pleural mesotheliomas

New York, N.Y., September 25, 2004 Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the chest cavity that kills about 2000 people a year in the United States. Seventy to eighty percent of patients with this rare cancer have had exposure to asbestos. It has also been proposed that simian virus 40 (SV40), a contaminant in some polio vaccines administered in the 1950's and 1960's, might be a cause. However, studies reporting the detection of SV40 DNA in human tumors (including mesotheliomas, and also some lymphomas, brain cancers, and bone cancers) have not consistently yielded the same results when repeated by other groups. This has fueled an ongoing debate over laboratory methods and the strength of the association of SV40 with these tumors.

A study, published in the September 25 issue of Lancet, calls into question this proposed link between SV40 and pleural mesothelioma and provides a possible explanation for the discrepancies in the results obtained by different groups. Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) used several independent methods to detect SV40 DNA, SV40 RNA, and SV40 proteins in human pleural mesothelioma samples and found no evidence for a significant role for SV40 in human mesotheliomas. Unexpectedly, they found that the SV40 DNA fragments detected in some assays were not derived from genuine SV40 in the tissue samples but from SV40 DNA fragments engineered into common laboratory plasmid vectors used in molecular biology research. This source of SV40 DNA fragments may be unrecognized, leading to misinterpretation of assay results as indicating the presence of genuine SV40 in human tumors. Their findings are a caution to other researchers to be vigilant in avoiding these technical errors when planning future studies with SV40.

"Because SV40 was a recognized contaminant of some polio and adenovirus vaccines in the 50's and early 60's, its potential to cause cancer in humans has been a source of intense debate since
'"/>

Contact: Joanne Nicholas
mediastaff@mskcc.org
212-639-3573
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
23-Sep-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Pacific Northwest team unveils largest virus proteome to date
2. Cannabis may help combat cancer-causing herpes viruses
3. Scientists find nanowires capable of detecting individual viruses
4. $7.5 Million grant to Yale researchers for role of viruses in cancer
5. Simian virus 40 not associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, study shows
6. Common cold virus can cause polio in mice when injected into muscles
7. Defensive action by influenza viruses demonstrated by Hebrew university researcher
8. Study of flu patients reveals virus outsmarting key drug
9. Images reveal how rotavirus - leading cause of diarrhea - enters cells
10. Bright idea could doom cancer and viruses, say Purdue scientists
11. U-M scientists find common virus in human prostate tissue

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... Justin Zamirowski to lead ... near term focus on Type 2 diabetes and associated comorbidities. , Justin brings ... areas and classes. As Chief Commercial Officer, Justin will lead Better Therapeutics’ ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... July 09, 2020 , ... Today CJ ... Advantage, which will share insight on the “fifth taste” phenomenon that is revolutionizing ingredient ... The Umami Advantage will be live on Monday, July 13, 2020 at11:00 AM (CDT) ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... 01, 2020 , ... Cure Glioblastoma, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit ... aggressive adult brain cancer—announced today the appointments of its first Senior Fellows: John ... the organization’s initiatives and overall vision. , "Senior Fellows are more than advisors; ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Bode Technology, a leading provider ... through its COVID-19 testing service, Bode-CARES . Bode-CARES combines high-volume clinical testing ... provides a turnkey solution that includes a comprehensive collection and virus-management program for ...
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... ... R3 International is now offering stem cell therapy for Alzheimers dementia in ... the patient's condition, treatment may be offered IV, intrathecal or with a combination. , ... dementia, and the incidence continues to increase as individuals live longer. There is no ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... Colo. (PRWEB) , ... June ... ... of expert tissue data insights, today announced that the launch of a ... results along with data about the tumor microenvironment (TME). , “Flagship’s TissueInsight ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 26, 2020 , ... ... solutions providers, today announced its strong opposition to the recently introduced bicameral ... a blanket ban on most federal use of nearly all biometric and related ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: