High incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and Epstein- Barr virus in tumor lesions and peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with Kaposi's sarcoma in Uganda

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  • With the advent of AIDS, Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) has become one of the leading malignancies in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, DNA sequences from a new human herpesvirus called KS-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) or human herpesvirus type 8 have been found in KS tumor lesions in high frequency. Analyses of tumor lesions from 38 Ugandan KS patients indicated a uniform presence of KSHV in KS tumor lesions as revealed by polymerase chain reaction and Southern hybridization. In contrast, only 31% (11/36) of the normal skin biopsies from the same patient population were positive. The frequency of KSHV DNA detection in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of KS patients was also high (84%, 31/37). Similar analyses revealed the presence of cytomegalovirus (21% in KS lesions) to be discordant with KS development. A large number of KS lesions (87%, 33/38) and KS PBMC (70%, 26/37) were, however, positive for Epstein-Barr virus sequences. In addition, KSHV DNA was not found in the PBMC of Ugandans without KS.
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  • Purvis SF; Katongole-Mbidde E; Johnson JL; Leonard DGB; Byabazaire N; Luckey C; Elizabeth Schick H; Wallis R; Elmets CA; Giam CZ
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  • 947
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  • 175
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