© 2003

Foamy Viruses

  • Axel Rethwilm

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 277)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. R. M. Flügel, K.-I. Pfrepper
    Pages 63-88
  3. M. L. Linial, S. W. Eastman
    Pages 89-110
  4. D. Lindemann, P. A. Goepfert
    Pages 111-129
  5. A. Mergia, M. Heinkelein
    Pages 131-159
  6. V. Falcone, M. Schweizer, D. Neumann-Haefelin
    Pages 161-180
  7. W. Heneine, M. Schweizer, P. Sandstrom, T. Folks
    Pages 181-196
  8. A. Saïb
    Pages 197-211
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 213-214

About this book


The aberrant replication pathway of foamy viruses distinguishes them from all other retroviruses. Many details have been accumulated over the past ten or so years. Most of the findings on foamy viruses were obtained by research on a single virus isolate previously called "human foamy virus", which appeared to be the first to be investigated on a molecular level. However, to the editor's knowledge, genuine human foamy viruses do not exist, but several trans-species transmissions of different simian foamy viruses from monkeys and apes to human hosts.


Lentiviruses Proteolytic Processing Prototypic Foamy Virus gene gene expression infection protein proteins retroviruses virus

Editors and affiliations

  • Axel Rethwilm
    • 1
  1. 1.Medizinische Fakultät der TU DresdenInstitut für Virologie im MTZDresdenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Foamy Viruses
  • Editors Axel Rethwilm
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-44388-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-62934-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-55701-9
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Virology
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From the reviews:

"Described as 'Cinderallas' on the cover, Axel Rethwilm may be cast as the fairy godmother bringing this virus family to the ball, assisted by a talented, albeit nearly exclusively German, cast of authors. They are fascinating viruses … . This small volume is excellent. An introductory chapter by Rethwilm summarizes all that most virologists need to know about them, followed by five chapters focusing on individual stages of the life cycle. … An essential book for those studying them and good reading for the rest." (Andrew M. L. Lever, Microbiology Today, Vol. 31, 2004)