Spumavirus


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Spu·ma·vi·rus

(spū'mă-vī'rŭs),
A virus genus encompassing a poorly characterized group of retroviruses that cause vacuolation (foaming) of cultured cells; usually cause persistent but silent infections in their natural hosts and no diseases caused by these agents have been identified.

Spumavirus

(spū′mă-vī″rŭs)
A genus of retroviruses occasionally transmitted to humans after exposure to the blood or body fluids of infected animals (e.g., apes, cats, or cattle).
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Characterization of spumavirus infection in humans is limited.
Sequencing of the PCR products from one region indicated that the sequences from each worker were distinct from each other; however, all three demonstrated [is greater than] 80% homology to known spumavirus sequences of NHP origin.
The family includes seven genera: alpharetrovirus, betaretrovirus, gammaretrovirus, deltaretrovirus, epsilonretrovirus, lentivirus (LV), and spumavirus. Gammaretroviruses and more commonly LV have been used as retroviral vectors.