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Relation between Mycoplasmas and Leukaemia and Related Diseases

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: (Published 26 October 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:225

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  1. R. J. Fallon,
  2. Dorothy K. Jackson


    Forty-five bone marrow specimens from leukaemia patients and 40 marrows from nonleukaemia patients were cultured for mycoplasmas. No mycoplasmas were isolated. Sera from patients with leukaemia or reticuloses and from non-leukaemic subjects were examined for antibodies to the Negroni and 880 strains of Mycoplasma pulmonis and also to the K7, K10, and prototype (PG18) strains of M. fermentans. No significant differences were observed between the two groups of patients with respect to antibodies to these mycoplasmas. These findings support those of the majority of other workers in failing to show any relationship between mycoplasmas and neoplastic disease in man.