Search for retrovirus in patients with multiple sclerosis.


Multiple sclerosis (MS) patient samples were screened for known or novel retroviruses using an ultrasensitive technique, IMx PERT, that detects the presence of reverse transcriptase (RT). This procedure has 10(5)- to 10(7)-fold greater sensitivity than conventional RT assays and is capable of detecting 10 to 50 virions. Moreover, IMx PERT is at least as… (More)