Motohisa Washizu

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A newly isolated virus from a patient with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) (Tokyo-1 strain) was found serologically identical to JC virus (Mad-1 strain) and showed high neurooncogenicity in hamsters. Twenty-one animals inoculated intracerebrally with the virus developed brain tumors during a period that averaged 5 months. The tumors were(More)
Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus genomic RNAs were purified from virions. Two hundred nucleotides at the 3' end of JE virus genomic RNA were directly sequenced by using reverse transcriptase. The nucleotide sequence at the 3' end of the viral RNA was conserved among four kinds of JE virus strains. The sequence has no AU-rich region that is present at the 3'(More)
Seven body polishers working in the same "hot spa" presented with multiple red nodules and papules on their hands and forearms. A causative agent was successfully isolated from two of the subjects and from a swab sample collected from the underside of a bed cover in the body-polishing facility. The two cutaneous isolates and the environmental isolate were(More)
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