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Intervirology. 1980;14(5-6):284-91.

Natural antibodies to EBV-VCA antigens in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) and response after EBV inoculation.


Healthy common marmosets from two separate colonies, one in England and one in France, were found to have antibodies cross-reacting with Epstein-Barr virus structural antigens (EBV-VCA). All seropositive animals were at least 2 years old. Experimental EBV infection of marmosets of different ages led to seroconversion of inoculated weanlings. Adult animals either developed antibody for the first time or showed an increase in their existing titers. Both control and infected animals developed a progressive interstitial nephritis. The lymphocytic infiltration was more extensive, diffuse and immature in appearance in inoculated animals, but no definite evidence of lymphoproliferative disease or lymphoma was found.

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