Serological definition of the lentivirus group of retroviruses

L. Stowring, A. T. Haase, H. P. Charman

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The major polypeptides of visna viruses and other lentiviruses have been isolated and shown to be closely related if not identical in radioimmunoassays. By this criterion the lentiviruses Form a distinct group of retroviruses unrelated to spuma viruses, mammalian and avian retroviruses that cause tumors, and unclassified retroviruses of cattle and horses. Two sera obtained from goats immunized with Mason-Pfizer monkey virus or squirrel monkey virus reacted with visna p30. Additional data suggest that this reaction represents infection of goats with a lentivirus or a new retrovirus closely related to the lentiviruses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979


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