foamy viruses


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foam·y vi·rus·es

retroviruses of the genus Spumavirus, family Retroviridae, found in primates and other mammals; so named because of lacelike changes produced in monkey kidney cells; syncytia are also produced.
Synonym(s): foamy agents

foam·y vi·rus·es

(fō'mē vī'rŭs-ĕz)
Retroviruses found in primates and other mammals; so named because of lacelike changes produced in monkey kidney cells; syncytia are also produced.
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Simian foamy viruses (SFVs) comprise a subfamily of simian retroviruses that are ubiquitous in nonhuman primates.
The 2 hunters who had been bitten by 2 different animals were infected with chimpanzee (CH66) and gorilla (CH29) foamy viruses, respectively.
Simian foamy viruses are members of this group, and the high rates of viral chatter observed in Cameroon suggest a strong potential for their emergence as a human-to-human transmitted pathogen.
Isolation of foamy viruses from baboon (Papio cynocephalus) tissues.