© 1985

Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus

  • Peter K. Vogt

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 115)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Marjorie Robert-Guroff, Philip D. Markham, Mikulas Popovic, Robert C. Gallo
    Pages 7-31
  3. Kazuo Tajima, Suketami Tominaga
    Pages 53-66
  4. William A. Blattner, Robert C. Gallo
    Pages 67-88
  5. Kiyoshi Takatsuki, Kazunari Yamaguchi, Fumio Kawano, Hiromichi Nishimura, Motoharu Seiki, Mitsuaki Yoshida
    Pages 89-97
  6. Mitsuaki Yoshida, Seisuke Hattori, Motoharu Seiki
    Pages 157-175
  7. William A. Haseltine, Joseph G. Sodroski, Roberto Patarca
    Pages 177-209
  8. Robin A. Weiss, Paul Clapham, Karoly Nagy, Hiroo Hoshino
    Pages 235-246
  9. Thomas J. Palker, Dani P. Bolognesi, Barton F. Haynes
    Pages 247-266

About this book


characteristic features in common with the genome of other retroviruses: long terminal repeats (L TR), and coding regions for internal proteins (gag), for re­ verse transcriptase (pol), and for glycosylated virion surface proteins (env) , ar­ ranged in the sequence gag, pol, env from the 5' to the 3' end of the genome. However, the HTL V genome also contains some specific features not shared with all other retroviruses: the LTR regions are unusually long (745 base pairs, with 298 base pairs constituting the R region), but unlike the long L TRs of mouse mammary tumor viruses, they do not contain open reading frames. A stretch of noncoding sequences separates the gag and the pol genes. Most interestingly, the HTLV genome contains a region between the 3' end of the env gene and the L TR, called the pX region, that encompasses four open reading frames. Leukemic T cells freshly obtained from patients contain the HTL V provirus but usually do not express it. However, once established in culture, these cells produce viral proteins and release type C particles. Likewise, T cells infected and transformed by HTL V in vitro synthesize virus. Such producing cell lines have been widely used in seroepidemiological surveys and continue to be of importance for detailed studies of viral proteins and nucleic acids.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter K. Vogt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Southern California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus
  • Editors P.K. Vogt
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-13963-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-70115-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-70113-9
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Microbiology
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