liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

HTLV-1 aka Human T-cell Leukemia Virus

--another T-cell tropic retrovirus
--linked to tropical spastic paraparesis = paralytic disease that occurs in the tropics (Carribean islands)
--also in Japan
--can cause immunodeficiency

--another retrovirus
--isolated from pts with a T-cell variant of hairy cell leukemia
--they can't tell what's going on

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