Foamy Viruses pp 197-211 | Cite as

Non-primate Foamy Viruses

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


Foamy viruses (PFVs), also called spumaviruses, are complex retroviruses inducing a characteristic cytopathic effect in cell culture, leading rapidly to cell lysis. These viruses have been isolated mostly in non-human primates, but three non primate PFVs were characterized, namely the bovine foamy virus, the feline foamy virus and more recently the equine foamy virus. In their hosts, PFVs seem to be apathogenic, mirroring an efficient control of virus replication in vivo. Comparing the biology of the different virus isolates will certainly help to unravel the biology of these retroviruses.


Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Nuclear Localisation Sequence Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Foamy Virus Simian Foamy Virus 
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  1. 1.CNRS UPR9051Hôpital Saint-LouisParis Cedex 10France

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