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Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Mar;15(3):492-4. doi: 10.3201/eid1503.081067.

Merkel cell polyomavirus DNA in respiratory specimens from children and adults.

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Research Section, Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. seweryn@uq.edu.au

Abstract

Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) DNA was detected in 7 (1.3%) of 526 respiratory tract samples from patients in Australia with upper or lower respiratory tract symptoms. Partial T antigen and major capsid protein sequences of MCPyV identified in respiratory secretions showed high homology (99%-100%) to those found in Merkel cell carcinoma.

PMID:
19239774
PMCID:
PMC2681122
DOI:
10.3201/eid1503.081067
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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