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Racaniello on 7/09 XMRV study by Silverman, Das Gupta

Discussion in 'XMRV Research and Replication Studies' started by rebecca1995, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. rebecca1995

    rebecca1995 Apple, anyone?

    Northeastern US
    http://www.virology.ws/2010/01/27/x...m_campaign=Feed: VirologyBlog (virology blog)

    Dr. Racaniello's new entry is on a study from last year: "Fibrils of Prostatic Acid Phosphatase Fragments Boost Infections with XMRV (Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus), a Human Retrovirus Associated with Prostate Cancer". (http://jvi.asm.org/cgi/content/abstract/83/14/6995)

    Racaniello writes,

  2. acer2000

    acer2000 Senior Member

    I wonder about this too. I mean, if you think about it, prostatic secretions could have an immune modifying effect regardless of if the man has an infection. Somehow the semen has to evade the woman's immune system at least long enough for conception to occur. I don't claim to be an expert on this, but it wouldn't surprise me if viruses took advantage of such a mechanism to increase transmission chances (if such a mechanism exists). Anyone know more about this? Is SEVI something that exists in the prostate regardless of if its infected with a virus?

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