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Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Jun;15(6):960-2. doi: 10.3201/eid1506.081463.

Merkel cell polyomavirus strains in patients with merkel cell carcinoma.

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  • 1Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Unit 618, Tours, France.

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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