Mice of the low leukemia (BALB/cJ x A/J)F1 hybrid (CAF1) strain express B-and N-tropic infectious murine leukemia virus (MuLV) after the age of 6 mo. Initation of a protracted immunological disorder, the graft-versus-host reaction (GVHR), at 7 wk of age, accelerates the induction of both these mouse-tropic endogenous viruses, and preferentially enhances the replication of B-tropic MuLV. The earlier appearance of B-tropic MuLV in a greater proportion of mice and in higher titer is thought to be casually related to the eventual development of lymphoreticular tumors in the GVHR mice, since previous studies have shown that these same tumors can be reproduced by inoculating syngeneic recipients with serially passaged GVHR extracts containing B-tropic MuLV.

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