XMRV and M.E./C.F.S.: summary and links

In 2009, Whittemore Peterson Institute scientists discovered a significant link between a newly-found retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), and the neuroimmune disease, ME/CFS. Their ground-breaking discovery was published in the journal Science, on 8th October, 2010.



This discovery brought renewed interest to the much-maligned disease and a flurry of research was conducted in order to confirm the link.

On August 23rd 2010, US government scientists validated the link, announcing they had found an association between a family of infectious murine leukaemia viruses and ME/CFS. They reported that 87% of those sampled carried at least one of the retroviruses, along with 7% (1 in 14) of the healthy controls.





XMRV is similar to HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS.

Following the validation study several countries banned ME/CFS patients from giving blood. In many cases these bans are for life.

For more information on XMRV and the Whittemore Peterson Institute, please visit the following site: http://www.wpinstitute.org/

Links and further information.

Key Scientific Papers & Related:

Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Science http://www.sciencemag.org/content/326/5952/585.abstract?keytype=ref&siteid=sci&ijkey=m3wzKT4yJqEyk

Detection of MLV-related virus gene sequences in blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy blood donorshttp://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/08/16/1006901107.abstract

Aug. 23, 2010 – Detection of MLV-related virus gene sequences in blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy blood donors PNAS FDA Press Briefing http://www.wpinstitute.org/news/docs/FDAbriefing_082310.pdf

Blood Donor Bans:


Pertinent News & Blog Reports:

A Big Splash From an Upstart Medical Center New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/giving/12SICK.html

New Hope in Fatigue Fight Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748703846604575447744076968322-lMyQjAxMTAwMDIwMzEyNDMyWj.html

Viruses Found in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients – National Institute of Health NIH Research Matters http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/august2010/08302010chronicfatigue.htm

The Lingering Mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/the-lingering-mystery-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/?ref=health

Exhausted by Illness, and Doubts http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/health/04fatigue.html

XMRV and CFS – It’s not the end http://www.virology.ws/2010/12/22/xmrv-and-cfs-its-not-the-end/

Gearing Up for the Big Search for XMRV http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2010/11/17/gearing-up-for-the-big-search-for-xmrv/

Other XMRV Links:

Cleveland Clinic – 40% of patients with aggressive prostate cancer have XMRV http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.0020025

XMRV: Virological, immunological and clinical correlations in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and mantle cell lymphoma http://www.wpinstitute.org/news/docs/Snyderman_XMRV.pdf

Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus–related Gammaretrovirus in Respiratory Tract http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/16/6/1000.htm


Of mice and men: on the origin of XMRV http://www.frontiersin.org/virology/10.3389/fmicb.2010.00147/abstract

XMRV retrovirus found in 62% of ME patients tested in Lillestrøm, Norway

THE PREVALENCE OF XMRV IN HEALTHY BLOOD DONORS IN JAPAN http://www.diagnosesupport.com/health/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305%3Athe-prevalence-of-xenotropic-murine-leukemia-virus-related-virus-in&catid=132%3Axmrv-research&Itemid=8

1st International Workshop on XMRV: Abstracts in Reviews in Antiviral Therapy & Infectious Diseases 2010_8. Abstracts http://regist2.virology-education.com/abstractbook/2010_8.pdf

Distribution of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) infection in chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer Pubmed.gov http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20842203?dopt=Abstract

A Third Pathogenic and Lymphotropic Human Retrovirus AIDS Review

Text courtesy of: XMRV News and Views Facebook page for XMRV Bloggerama Day. Brain fog prevented me from writing anything original.


15 thoughts on “XMRV and M.E./C.F.S.: summary and links

  1. It’s imperative that the work on XMRV continue. 17 million people worldwide depend on it. Thanks for posting this incredibly important information.

  2. Great that you’ve done this blog. The world is being kept ignorant about the XMRV epidemic so this will really help, thank you so much.

    All the articles from the best virologists show that it’s a big problem that must be tackled – the blood supply is contaminated and millions of sick people are suffering.
    Is it pathogenic? that’s the question and it certtainly looks like it from the patented work of Dr Singh. Even if it isn’t the cause of ME/CFS it could be a biomarker and ME patients will no longer be denied acknowledgement of the serious health problems we have.

  3. The research so far has been so exciting. What a tremendous breakthrough, and what great hope for so many of us who are terribly ill! Here’s hoping the funding comes through fast and generous, for more progress in neuroimmune research. Thanks for an excellent article.

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