The presence of ancient human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I provirus DNA in an Andean mummy

  title={The presence of ancient human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I provirus DNA in an Andean mummy},
  author={H. Li and T. Fujiyoshi and H. Lou and S. Yashiki and S. Sonoda and L. Cartier and Lautaro N{\'u}{\~n}ez and I. Mu{\~n}oz and S. Horai and K. Tajima},
  journal={Nature Medicine},
  • H. Li, T. Fujiyoshi, +7 authors K. Tajima
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Medicine
  • The worldwide geographic and ethnic clustering of patients with diseases related to human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) may be explained by the natural history of HTLV-I infection. The genetic characteristics of indigenous people in the Andes are similar to those of the Japanese, and HTLV-I is generally detected in both groups. To clarify the common origin of HTLV-I in Asia and the Andes, we analyzed HTLV-I provirus DNA from Andean mummies about 1,500 years old. Two of 104 mummy… CONTINUE READING
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