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KSHV-like herpesviruses in chimps and gorillas

Nature volume 407, pages 151152 (14 September 2000) | Download Citation

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Among the herpesviruses1, KSHV (Kaposi's-sarcoma-associated herpesvirus) is the human prototype of the rhadinovirus genus2. Rhadinoviruses (or γ2-herpesviruses) are found in several animal species, including New and Old World monkeys, but not in the great apes3,4,5. Here we describe the detection and sequencing of a polymerase gene fragment from three new rhadinoviruses discovered in chimpanzees and in a gorilla, which are more closely related to KSHV than to any other virus of this genus described so far. Our results indicate that the great apes from central Africa could provide a reservoir of new γ2-herpesviruses that are potentially transmissible to humans.

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  1. *Unité d'Oncologie Virale, Département du SIDA et des Rétrovirus, Institut Pasteur, 25–28 rue du Dr Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France

    • Vincent Lacoste
    • , Philippe Mauclre
    •  & Antoine Gessain
  2. †Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, BP 1274, Yaoundé, Cameroon

    • Philippe Mauclre
  3. ‡Centre International de Recherches Médicales, Franceville, Gabon

    • Guy Dubreuil
    •  & Marie-Claude Georges-Courbot
  4. §International Zoo Veterinary group , Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 1AG, UK

    • John Lewis

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