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Isolation of a new foamy retrovirus from orangutans.

By M O McClure, P D Bieniasz, T F Schulz, I L Chrystie, G Simpson, A Aguzzi, J G Hoad, A Cunningham, J Kirkwood and R A Weiss


We have isolated a new foamy virus from blood samples taken from two apparently healthy orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). The older orangutan has since died with encephalopathy after a brief acute illness, while the younger one, his grandson, remains well. These animals and 12 other orangutans had specific antibodies to foamy virus as measured by immunofluorescence. The new foamy virus and the antisera showed strong and specific neutralization, with only weak cross-reaction with other simian foamy virus strains. Southern blotting with gag and env probes of human foamy virus and PCR amplification showed that the new foamy virus, designated SFV-11, is related to, yet distinct from, previously characterized strains from humans, chimpanzees, and monkeys

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1994
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