Archives of Virology

, Volume 156, Issue 9, pp 1627–1634

Taxonomical developments in the family Polyomaviridae


  • Reimar Johne
    • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
  • Christopher B. Buck
    • Tumor Virus Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Cellular OncologyNational Cancer Institute
  • Tobias Allander
    • Laboratory for Clinical Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska University HospitalKarolinska Institutet
  • Walter J. Atwood
    • Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and BiochemistryBrown University
  • Robert L. Garcea
    • Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental BiologyUniversity of Colorado
  • Michael J. Imperiale
    • Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Michigan
  • Eugene O. Major
    • Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine and Virology SectionNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • Torbjorn Ramqvist
    • Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Cancer Center Karolinska, R8:01Karolinska University Hospital Solna
    • Department of Microbiology, Room 203 Morrill Science CenterUniversity of Massachusetts
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00705-011-1008-x

Cite this article as:
Johne, R., Buck, C.B., Allander, T. et al. Arch Virol (2011) 156: 1627. doi:10.1007/s00705-011-1008-x


The Polyomaviridae Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has recommended several taxonomical revisions, as follows: The family Polyomaviridae, which is currently constituted as a single genus (Polyomavirus), will be comprised of three genera: two containing mammalian viruses and one containing avian viruses. The two mammalian genera will be designated Orthopolyomavirus and Wukipolyomavirus, and the avian genus will be named Avipolyomavirus. These genera will be created by the redistribution of species from the current single genus (Polyomavirus) and by the inclusion of several new species. In addition, the names of several species will be changed to reflect current usage.

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