Archives of Virology

, Volume 156, Issue 9, pp 1627–1634 | Cite as

Taxonomical developments in the family Polyomaviridae

  • Reimar Johne
  • Christopher B. Buck
  • Tobias Allander
  • Walter J. Atwood
  • Robert L. Garcea
  • Michael J. Imperiale
  • Eugene O. Major
  • Torbjorn Ramqvist
  • Leonard C. NorkinEmail author
Brief Report


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.


Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Merkel Cell Carcinoma Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Human Polyomavirus JCPyV Infection 
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This updating of the Polyomaviridae taxonomy is the result of ongoing deliberations of the Polyomaviridae Study Group (chaired by L.C. Norkin), beginning in September 2007. Key contributors to this report included R. Johne who first suggested the creation of the genus Avipolyomavirus, and C. Buck who initially proposed creating separate mammalian virus genera. L.C. Norkin prepared this report, making extensive use of a formal proposal presented to the ICTV by R. Johne and H. Muller. We are grateful to A. Davison and A. King of the ICTV Executive Committee for advice and support during our efforts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reimar Johne
    • 1
  • Christopher B. Buck
    • 3
  • Tobias Allander
    • 4
  • Walter J. Atwood
    • 5
  • Robert L. Garcea
    • 6
  • Michael J. Imperiale
    • 7
  • Eugene O. Major
    • 8
  • Torbjorn Ramqvist
    • 9
  • Leonard C. Norkin
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Federal Institute for Risk AssessmentBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology, Room 203 Morrill Science CenterUniversity of MassachusettsMAUSA
  3. 3.Tumor Virus Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Cellular OncologyNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  4. 4.Laboratory for Clinical Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska University HospitalKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  5. 5.Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and BiochemistryBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  6. 6.Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  7. 7.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of MichiganMIUSA
  8. 8.Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine and Virology SectionNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  9. 9.Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Cancer Center Karolinska, R8:01Karolinska University Hospital SolnaStockholmSweden

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