[Antibodies to herpesvirus type 8 in Kaposi's sarcoma patients and controls in Russia].


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the HH-8 seroprevalence among patients with Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), melanoma and gastric carcinoma (GC) as well as among renal recipients and blood donors. The obtained data revealed a high percentage of seropositive KS patients, which ranged from 83.6% in the classical disease type to 68.8% and to 71.4% in the immunosuppressive and AIDS-associated disease types, respectively. On the whole, the positive humoral response to HHV-8 reliably correlated with the positive findings if the viral genetic information in tumor tissue samplings. An unexpectedly high percentage of seropositive persons was found among the GC patients (41.8%) and among the renal recipients (26%), which is apparently predetermined by the immunosuppressive condition of such patients. Seroprevalence was found only in 4% of blood donors. Thus, the obtained data make it possible to conclude that KS cases, as diagnosed in Russia, are tensely associated with HHV-8 in spite of a low virus spread among the healthy population. Patients with pathology concomitant with a pronounced immunosuppression are characterized by a high prevalence of HHV-8 and belong to the category of persons with a KS risk.

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@article{Gurtsevich2003AntibodiesTH, title={[Antibodies to herpesvirus type 8 in Kaposi's sarcoma patients and controls in Russia].}, author={V. {\'E}. Gurtsevich and L S Iakovleva and Elena L Kadyrova and V. A. Chernova and Alexander Molochkov and N V Kosukhina and Viola Agrba and Vladimir Molochkov}, journal={Voprosy virusologii}, year={2003}, volume={48 3}, pages={19-22} }