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Virus Res. 2012 Jul;167(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.virusres.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 Apr 15.

Lack of evidence for a role of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus in the pathogenesis of prostate cancer and/or chronic fatigue syndrome.

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  • 1National Center for Clinical Laboratories, Beijing Hospital of the Ministry of Health, Beijing, People's Republic of China. Pinghong98@yahoo.com

Abstract

Since the discovery of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) in 2006, one of the most controversial topics is whether it contributes to the pathogenesis of prostate cancer (PCa) and/or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The debate began with the failure to detect XMRV in clinical PCa samples. Concerns about the potential health risk of XMRV exposure were reinforced by a study demonstrating the presence of XMRV in patients with CFS. However, serious concerns on whether XMRV plays a role in the development of PCa and/or CFS have been raised. However, inconsistent reports linking XMRV with PCa and/or CFS have led to conflicting views about the potential of XMRV as a human pathogen. Several recent studies suggest that contamination could account for the positive correlations between XMRV and PCa and/or CFS to date. At present, evidence does not indicate that XMRV plays any role in the pathogenesis of PCa or CFS.

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