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Viruses 2015, 7(4), 1651-1666; doi:10.3390/v7041651

Tenth International Foamy Virus Conference 2014–Achievements and Perspectives

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Department of Biochemistry, National Veterinary Research Institute, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
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Laboratory of Retroviruses, Division of Viral Products, OVRR, CBER, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20993, USA
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Unité d'épidémiologie et Physiopathologie des Virus Oncogènes, Institut Pasteur, 75015 Paris, France
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Institute of Virology, Medical Faculty "Carl Gustav Carus", Technische Universität Dresden, 01307 Dresden, Germany
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Department of Genome Modifications and Carcinogenesis, German Cancer Research Center, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany
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Academic Editor: Eric O. Freed
Received: 23 February 2015 / Revised: 19 March 2015 / Accepted: 23 March 2015 / Published: 31 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Animal Viruses)
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Abstract

For the past two decades, scientists from around the world, working on different aspects of foamy virus (FV) research, have gathered in different research institutions almost every two years to present their recent results in formal talks, to discuss their ongoing studies informally, and to initiate fruitful collaborations. In this report we review the 2014 anniversary conference to share the meeting summary with the virology community and hope to arouse interest by other researchers to join this exciting field. The topics covered included epidemiology, virus molecular biology, and immunology of FV infection in non-human primates, cattle, and humans with zoonotic FV infections, as well as recent findings on endogenous FVs. Several topics focused on virus replication and interactions between viral and cellular proteins. Use of FV in biomedical research was highlighted with presentations on using FV vectors for gene therapy and FV proteins as scaffold for vaccine antigen presentation. On behalf of the FV community, this report also includes a short tribute to commemorate Prof. Axel Rethwilm, one of the leading experts in the field of retrovirology and foamy viruses, who passed away 29 July 2014. View Full-Text
Keywords: foamy viruses; infection; zoonotic potential; restriction factors; replication; assembly; FV vectors foamy viruses; infection; zoonotic potential; restriction factors; replication; assembly; FV vectors
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Materniak, M.; Kubiś, P.; Rola–Łuszczak, M.; Khan, A.S.; Buseyne, F.; Lindemann, D.; Löchelt, M.; Kuźmak, J. Tenth International Foamy Virus Conference 2014–Achievements and Perspectives. Viruses 2015, 7, 1651-1666.

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