Human T lymphotrophic virus type I may not be associated with multiple sclerosis in Japan.

To study the possible involvement of human T lymphotrophic virus type I (HTLV-I) or a related retrovirus in Japanese cases of multiple sclerosis (MS), we first performed a Western blot analysis with purified Ag of HTLV-I. Ten out of 31 MS patients (32.2%), 19 of 66 patients (28.8%) with other neurologic diseases, and 2 of 64 healthy blood donors (3.1%) had… (More)