PMID: 46142Jan 1, 1975

Search for C-type particles in human neoplasia

Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
J E Szakacs, M R Szakacs


The salient biologic and morphologic characteristics of RNA tumor (oncornavirus) virus are reviewed. The ultrastructure of replicating oncornaviruses is illustrated in detail. C-type particles wide spread in at least three orders of animals were sighted in human sarcomas and leukemias. One case, an infantile fibrosarcoma, is presented from our cases surveyed for the presence of C-type particles. Tissue cultures derived from this tumor contained viral particles and had an elevated reverse transcriptase activity associated with the presence of 70 S RNA. The particles were larger (125 to 150nm) than those of the murine or avian Type C particles.

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