In the original description and isolation of the murine Abelson leukemia virus, we described a “massive degree of meningeal involvement” as a characteristic of the disease process.1,2  As in the Bcr/Abl murine bone marrow transduction and transplantation model, the latent period to tumor appearance was very short. We suggested that the meningeal disease could serve as a model for testing chemotherapy.

1
Abelson HT, Rabstein LS. Lymphosarcoma: virus-induced thymic-independent disease in mice
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2
Rabstein S, Gazdar AF, Chopra HC, Abelson HT. Early morphological changes associated with infection by a murine nonthymic lymphatic tumor virus.
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1971
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46
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481
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