We have established an assay to detect JC viral DNA in brain tissue and CSF of patients with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and amplified a 106-base pair segment of the gene encoding JC viral large T antigen by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from the brains of eight patients with PML and from one of six CSF samples. Brain and C SF of patients without PML did not yield JC virus-specific DNA amplification products. Southern analysis documented that the sequences of the 106-base pair PCR product and JC viral DNA are identical. This assay can be used in the diagnosis of PML and to investigate the biology of JC virus.
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- Clinical Neurology