Abstract

Human T cell leukemia virus type II (HTLV-II) has been isolated from a patient (Mo) with features of leukemic reticuloendotheliosis (LRE) and from a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). We have obtained another isolate of HTLV-II from a patient (CM) with severe hemophilia A, pancytopenia, and a 14-year history of staphylococcal and candidal infections but no evidence of T cell leukemia/lymphoma, AIDS, or LRE. Fresh mononuclear cells and cultured lymphocytes from CM express retroviral antigens indistinguishable by molecular criteria from HTLV-IIMo. Leukocyte cultures from CM yield hyperdiploid (48,XY, +2, +19) continuous lymphoid lines; human fetal cord blood lymphocytes (CBL) are transformed by cocultivation with these CM cell cultures but retain normal cytogenetic constitution. Electron microscopic examination of the CM cultures and transformed CBL reveals budding of extracellular viral particles, intracellular tubuloreticular structures, and viral particles contained within intracellular vesicles. CM cell cultures and the transformed CBL do not require exogenous interleukin 2, have T cell cytochemical features and mature T helper phenotypes, and exhibit minimal T helper and profound T suppressor activity on pokeweed mitogen-stimulated differentiation of normal B cells. These characteristics, which are similar to those observed with the first HTLV-II isolate, may represent properties of all HTLV-II-infected T cells.

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