tumor virus


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on·co·gen·ic vi·rus

any virus capable of inducing tumors. The RNA tumor viruses (family Retroviridae), which are well defined and rather homogeneous, or the DNA viruses, which contain a number of viruses capable of inducing tumors, including poxviruses, herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, and polyomavirus.
Synonym(s): tumor virus

on·co·gen·ic vi·rus

(on'kō-jen'ik vī'rŭs)
A virus of one of the two groups that induce tumors; the RNA tumor viruses, which are well defined and rather homogeneous, or the DNA viruses, which are more diverse.
Synonym(s): tumor virus.

tumor virus

A virus that causes malignant neoplasms. Viruses suspected of causing tumors in humans include Epstein-Barr virus (associated with Burkitt lymphoma), hepatitis B virus (associated with hepatocellular carcinoma), papilloma virus (associated with carcinoma of the cervix), and human herpesvirus 8 (associated with Kaposi sarcoma).
Synonym: oncogenic virus
See also: virus
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The mammary adenocarcinoma in certain strains of mice is caused by mouse mammary tumor virus, (MMTV), which is an RNA retrovirus.
6] cells/6-cm dish) were transfected using the calcium phosphate DNA precipitation method with the human androgen receptor expression vector pCMVhAR (50 of 100 ng/dish) and the luciferase reporter rector under control of the mouse mammary tumor virus promoter (MMTV-luc, 5 [micro]g/dish).
Mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV), for example, produces cancer in about 95 percent of the mice it infects.

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