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The human herpesvirus-type 8 is not involved in malignant melanoma

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Malignant melanomas were supposed to harbour the human herpesvirus-type 8 (HHV-8) genome, as melanoma cells were reported to express interleukin-6 and a homologue of interleukin-6 was found in the HHV-8 genome. We therefore investigated 33 primary malignant melanomas by polymerase chain reaction, but could not find this tumorigenic gamma-herpesvirus in any tumour.

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Deichmann, M., Thome, M., Bock, M. et al. The human herpesvirus-type 8 is not involved in malignant melanoma. Br J Cancer 80, 67–69 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6690322

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  • malignant melanoma
  • human herpesvirus-type 8
  • interleukin-6
  • polymerase chain reaction

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