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J Natl Cancer Inst. 1979 Aug;63(2):337-9.

Induction of retrovirus particles in human testicular tumor (Tera-1) cell cultures: an electron microscopic study.


The Tera-1 and Tera-2 cell lines, established from germ-cell tumors of the human testis, were examined by electron microscopy for particles with the morphology of retroviruses. Extracellular and budding particles were observed at low frequencies only in cultures of Tera-1 cells that had been treated with 5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine and dexamethasone. No particles were detected in untreated cultures of Tera-1 cells or in any preparations of Tera-2 cells.

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