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J Clin Microbiol. 2014 May;52(5):1687-90. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02348-13. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

Molecular epidemiology of merkel cell polyomavirus: evidence for geographically related variant genotypes.

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Institut Pasteur, Unité d'Epidémiologie et Physiopathologie des Virus Oncogènes, Département de Virologie, Paris, France.

Abstract

Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) is linked to a cutaneous cancer mainly occurring in Caucasians. DNA from skin swabs of 255 adults, originating from the 5 continents, were subjected to MCPyV PCRs. Phylogenetic analyses demonstrate the existence of 5 major geographically related MCPyV genotypes (Europe/North America, Africa [sub-Saharan], Oceania, South America, and Asia/Japan).

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24523477
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PMC3993677
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.02348-13
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