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.
A decade later, just as Gallo regained his standing in the scientific community by finding incontrovertible evidence of that human tumor virus, he became ensnarled in the politics of AIDS.
Briefly, monkey kidney CV-1 cells (0.42 x [10.sup.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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