Tumors were induced by BK virus (BKV) inoculated intravenously in 3-week-old Syrian golden hamsters immunosuppressed with anti-lymphocyte serum or methylprednisolone acetate alone or in association with gamma-radiation (60Co). The induced neoplasms were ependymoma, carcinoma of pancreatic islets, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, undifferentiated sarcoma, kidney and renal pelvis carcinoma, pheochromocytoma and hemangiosarcoma. High levels of insulin and glucagon and altered concentrations of glucose were detected in blood of animals with tumors of pancreatic islets. No antibodies to BKV tumor antigen (TAg) and low levels of hemagglutination-inhibition antibodies to BKV viral coat protein Ag were detected in hamster sera. BKV TAg was found in tumors by complement fixation. Blot hybridization analysis of tumor DNA showed the presence of both free and integrated BKV genomes in tumor cells. BKV DNA inoculated intravenously and subcutaneously in immunosuppressed or immunocompetent hamsters was not oncogenic, whereas it was weakly oncogenic when inoculated intracerebrally.

Oncogenity of BK virus for immunosuppressed hamsters.

ALTAVILLA, GIUSEPPE;CAPUTO, ANTONELLA;
1982

Abstract

Tumors were induced by BK virus (BKV) inoculated intravenously in 3-week-old Syrian golden hamsters immunosuppressed with anti-lymphocyte serum or methylprednisolone acetate alone or in association with gamma-radiation (60Co). The induced neoplasms were ependymoma, carcinoma of pancreatic islets, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, undifferentiated sarcoma, kidney and renal pelvis carcinoma, pheochromocytoma and hemangiosarcoma. High levels of insulin and glucagon and altered concentrations of glucose were detected in blood of animals with tumors of pancreatic islets. No antibodies to BKV tumor antigen (TAg) and low levels of hemagglutination-inhibition antibodies to BKV viral coat protein Ag were detected in hamster sera. BKV TAg was found in tumors by complement fixation. Blot hybridization analysis of tumor DNA showed the presence of both free and integrated BKV genomes in tumor cells. BKV DNA inoculated intravenously and subcutaneously in immunosuppressed or immunocompetent hamsters was not oncogenic, whereas it was weakly oncogenic when inoculated intracerebrally.
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