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Dr. Jay Levy found no XMRV in my blood

Discussion in 'XMRV Testing, Treatment and Transmission' started by mojoey, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. mojoey

    mojoey Senior Member

    Just heard back from Dr. Jay Levy's office of UCSF (he was one of the first to identify HIV). He did not find evidence of XMRV in my blood.

    I was XMRV-pos via culture from VIPdx, haven't heard back about serology yet. It seems most people to report back so far are negative for antibodies which is a bit worrisome. I thought antibodies would be be detected at a far greater rate than the physical virus.

    A standardized assay cannot come soon enough!
  2. George

    George waitin' fer rabbits

    South Texas
    Wow! so Dr. Levy had his own assay? Do you know if he found the virus in anyone else'ss blood or not?
  3. anne_likes_red

    anne_likes_red Senior Member

    Wow 2.

    Too right.
  4. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

    australia (brisbane)
    so being positive to culture but negative to serology, does this mean that our immune systems arent putting up an attack to this retrovirus as its not producing antibodies, maybe this is why its common to have poor nk function. I havent been tested for xmrv yet, but past tests for ebv many years ago were positive iGg but now i dont have any antibodies to ebv, the same happens for hep B vacination where i dont produce antibodies. Anyone else have similar problems, our immune system doesnt look good.

  5. acer2000

    acer2000 Senior Member

    What tests does Dr. Levy do and did he offer any explanation as to why there was a difference in results between his test and the VIPdx one? Its not enough to say just "not positive", they need to figure out why.
  6. RivkaRivka

    RivkaRivka Senior Member

    joey, was levy's test a culture test or antibodies?
  7. Daffodil

    Daffodil Senior Member

    i wonder if XMRV is suppressing our bone marrow's ability to make antibodies.?

    how can so many people have positive culture and no (or hardly any) antobodies?

    makes no sense unless they arent using the most sensitive WPI methods...
  8. mojoey

    mojoey Senior Member

    I don't know about the testing method but I did ask him.

    The serology question is a head-scratcher. So far, I think ONE patient (whom was negative via culture) is positive for serology.

    * XMRV is in b-lymphocytes, so it's manipulating antibody production to itself specifically (since antibody production to reactivated opportunistic infections is still normal). Maybe:

    * VIPdx is testing for the wrong antibodies. Singh found that "a positive sample usually contained antibodies reactive to at least two of the following three XMRV polypeptides: SU, CA and pi 5E" I don't know what antibodies VIPdx tested for
  9. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    I just got my test results back from the WPI. To my surprise I was positive - but it was a kind of a strange positive. Heres' what they said

    I said this
    and I was told

    I think there's still a lot to took a long culture so not much was there and then there
    s Dr. Singh's statements about good antibodies and bad antibodies. She realized that some antibodies were showing up in healthy people; certainly the WPI and VIP DX are looking at both healthy people and people of CFS -- so I would think they would be seeing the same things and guarding against the same problems.

    We shall see - there appear to be quite a few people looking for XM RV in one way or another. It'll the nice at some point to get clarity.

    Dr. Mikovits stated the Blood Working Group hoped to have phase 2 done by the next Committee Meeting which is December 14.
  10. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

    Wow Cort, that is big news, especially if it is unexpected.
    Take some time for absorbing that, I needed to.
    Welcome to the club.
  11. Lynn

    Lynn Senior Member

    Wow, Cort that's great that you were able to participate in a study with WPI. Was the study looking at anything else besides whether patients have XMRV?

    There's a bunch of people on a different thread (including me) celebrating the fact that we at last may actually be able to put a name to this awful disease and have hope for future treatment. I know this is very personal, but do you mind I ask if you are pleased or displeased by the result?

  12. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

    Logan, Queensland, Australia
    Hi Cort

    I find your comments on what the WPI said very very interesting. It might imply that remission and partial remission from CFS involves suppressing the virus, which implies it can come back. Once we can do viral load studies this question can be examined in large patient groups. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  13. xrayspex

    xrayspex Senior Member

    That is interesting Cort, mine took a long time too and in some ways I am more funtional than some, kps 70 maybe, certain times of day sorta normal feeling others in bed......with variance of course, lately not so great cus working too hard to move out of my house.

    anyway I don't know whether I should consider myself flu onset or retrospect I have come to realize that the mono I had as teen/young adult that kept recurring over like 7 years probably had something to do with later getting a form of cfs 10 years past the last mono episode after a surgery, after having most of my 20s be really active and not feeling that I had a chronic issue. Now its been 20 years with chronic pain and fatigue and looking back I wondered if the mono was the beginning or part of it. but after the surgery when I didnt ever get back to 100% it wasnt like a flu onset, there has been a gradual changing of course but some problems remain similar all these years. Did you ever have any mono or something when young? And if mono was the onset of it and I was in remission for 10 years would mono be considered like a "flu onset" I wonder. Anyway, didn't mean to get off on such a tangent, but it dawned on me that its sort of a loaded question to be sure of when the original onset really was.......I used to get strept a lot as a kid too.......for all we know those things tie in and its a progression. can feel good to have a partial explanation and name for things.
  14. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

    Very interesting Cort. I hope this is encouraging news for you.

    So, you were positive by culture but they had to culture it for a long time, AND had a good number of anti-bodies in the blood. Is that right? VIP give us less personal commentary. For me it was just positive for culture: no antibodies detected. Wish we could get more results and use some evaluation tool to try to figure out patterns.

    For me, I am relatively functional (I can take care of myself, drive, do errands a few times a week, but not "go out" to work).

    Hope you are doing fine with this news,

  15. anncavan

    anncavan Senior Member

    San Francisco, CA
    @mojoey, I'm curious to your decision process on this... If you already had a result from VIPdx, why did you get tested again? And why by Dr. Jay Levy at UCSF. I've never heard of him, which doesn't mean much. But I'm shocked if there's a CFS/XMRV specialist in my back yard... Can you share any background on him or his test? Is he a researcher or practicioner?

    Full disclosure, I was negative from Fry Labs (serology only) and I'm negative from VIPdx (serology only). I'm awaiting my culture from VIPdx. I read on their website that if you're on antivirals, there is a possibility for false negatives in the serology test. So I'm just waiting on my culture...

    @Cort - you mentioned a possible assay by the next meeting in December!?! That's huge! Is that meeting open to the public via phone or anything?

  16. eric_s

    eric_s Senior Member

    Switzerland/Spain (Valencia)
    Thanks for sharing, Cort.

    Can you tell us what study that was for? I find it very interesting to hear an interpretation by the WPI. And good to finally get a new indication when phase II of the BWG's program should be completed. Thanks to Dr. Mikovits for informing us about that.
  17. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

    Lots of questions here for you Cort eh? So would a strong antibody response mean a strong immune system? Also, how long have you been ill?

    I'm so glad the culprit has been identified for you.
  18. slayadragon

    slayadragon Senior Member

    I may be wrong (please correct me!), but my feeling is that Cort is possibly getting less exposure to "bad stuff" in the environment than most folks on these boards (and, likely, than people in general who are being tested by VIP).

    He's certainly made a big effort over the years to avoid bad locations anyway.

    I wonder if his strong antibody response might be related to that?

    How might that work, do we think?

    Thanks, Lisa
  19. Gemini

    Gemini Senior Member

    East Coast USA
    Dr. Levy is a co-discoverer of HIV. According to Osler's Web
    he wanted to study CFS twenty years ago but couldn't get NIH
    grants to do so. Wonder if he's still interested in CFS research
    and what he thinks of the XMRV discovery?
  20. serg1942

    serg1942 Senior Member

    Congratulations Cort!!!

    Many people do not know whether this is good news or not. I do think it is: If XMRV is the perpetuating factor of most PWC's, this is great news. If XMRV is just another "player" in the disease, then we have another "target" to pursue that can lead to new treatments and therefore to new opportunities to improve. Also, this would be great news, right?

    BTW, I did have a clear sudden and non-infectious onset. It was a crystal clear toxic onset...


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