© 1993

The Retroviridae

  • Jay A. Levy

Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. William D. Hardy Jr.
    Pages 109-180
  3. Niels C. Pedersen
    Pages 181-228
  4. Opendra Narayan, Mary C. Zink, Mark Gorrell, Sharon Crane, David Huso, Pauline Jolly et al.
    Pages 229-255
  5. Ronald C. Montelaro, Judith M. Ball, Keith E. Rushlow
    Pages 257-360
  6. Philip C. Loh
    Pages 361-397
  7. Kazuo Sugamura, Yorio Hinuma
    Pages 399-435
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 437-443

About this book


In this second volume in the series The Retroviridae, the readers are treated to up-to-date reviews on these viruses, which are found in a variety of animal species. The volume begins with important observations on the general fea­ tures of retrovirus entry into cells as determined by the viral envelope glyco­ proteins and the cell surface receptors (Chapter 1). Aspects of this virus-cell interaction form the basis for the variety of biologic effects associated with this virus family. A timely review of the oncogenic feline viruses is included next (Chapter 2). These viruses, along with the avian and murine retroviruses (Volume 1, Chapters 6 and 7), have provided valuable insight into cancer induction in other animal species, including humans. Two other major groups of retroviruses, the lentiviruses and the spuma­ viruses, are introduced in the present volume. Initially these groups, along with oncoviruses, were the three subfamilies in the Retroviridae. This com­ plex virus family has now been reclassified into seven separate genera (Vol­ ume 1, Chapter 2). Equine infectious anemia virus is the prototype for a lentivirus (Chapter 5). One of the first viruses discovered in nature (1904), it was only relatively recently recognized as a retrovirus. Lentiviruses are asso­ ciated primarily with immunologic disorders such as autoimmunity and AIDS (Chapters 3-5), but their association with neurologic disease is also well established (Chapters 4 and 5, and future volumes).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jay A. Levy
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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