Prevalence of TTV DNA and GBV-C RNA in patients with systemic sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis does not differ from that in healthy blood donors.

@article{Seemayer2001PrevalenceOT,
  title={Prevalence of TTV DNA and GBV-C RNA in patients with systemic sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis does not differ from that in healthy blood donors.},
  author={Christian Alexander Seemayer and Sergey Viazov and Michel Neidhart and Pius Bruehlmann and Beat Michel and Renate Erika Gay and Michael Roggendorf and S. Kirsten Gay},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2001},
  volume={60 8},
  pages={806-9}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of GB virus-C (GBV-C) RNA and TT virus (TTV) DNA in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and osteoarthritis (OA) as well as to compare the autoantibody pattern in patients with SSc with and without evidence of viral infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study included 168 patients (84 SSc, 41 RA, and 43 OA) diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria and 122 volunteer blood donors. The presence of GBV-C… CONTINUE READING

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