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An Antigen in Lesions of Molluscum Contagiosum

Naturevolume 191page509 (1961) | Download Citation



OUCHTERLONY'S technique of agar diffusion1 has made it possible to demonstrate the presence of certain viral antigens and antibodies not identifiable by other serological means. Datt and Orleans2, in 1958, found an antigenic substance common to vaccinia and pig pox; Taylor-Robinson and Rundle3 have demonstrated a common antigen in chicken pox and herpes zoster. These successes prompted a re-investigation of the antigenicity of molluscum contagiosum, a large virus that produces benign skin tumours in man.

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  1. Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco

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