"C"-Type Viral Particles in Plasma of Cats with Feline Leukemia

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Science  24 Nov 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3804, pp. 1049-1050
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3804.1049


Linear sucrose-density gradient was used to detect and isolate typical "C"-type viral particles in plasma of cats with spontaneous and experimentally induced leukemia. The density of the agent is similar to known murine leukemia virus (1.15 to 1.17 grams per cubic centimeter). In the electron microscope the virus showed typical "C"-type particle morphology with various maturation stages. The maximum diameter of the mature viral particles in plasma was 115 millimicrons, a diameter slightly larger than budding particles observed in tissue. Leukemia was transmitted with cellular and cell-free inoculum after a 5-week period of latency.