Influence of environmental viral agents on frequency and tempo of diabetes mellitus in BB/Wor rats.


Elimination of environmental viruses by cesarean derivation of the University of Massachusetts colony of BB/Wor rats increased the frequency and accelerated the tempo of spontaneous diabetes among diabetes-prone (DP) rats. In contrast, the viral-antibody-free (VAF) environment did not alter the resistance of pre-VAF diabetes-resistant (DR) rats to… (More)


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