Lymphoblastic cell lines were infected with simian virus 40 (SV40) and then monitored for evidence of a productive infection. No evidence of early gene expression was found 2 days following infection, as determined by assaying viral mRNAs and early antigens. Furthermore, only small amounts of virus could be detected by plaque assay 2 days after infection, and levels slowly declined until they were undetectable after a few weeks in culture. Thus, human lymphocytes are not readily infectible with SV40 and do not provide a simple model for studying interactions of SV40 with a human cell type.
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- Insect Science