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The genomic sequence of lymphocryptovirus from cynomolgus macaque.

Authors: Kamperschroer, Cris and Gosink, Mark M and Kumpf, Steven W and O'Donnell, Lynn M and Tartaro, Karrie R

Lymphocryptoviruses such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) cause persistent infections in human and non-human primates, and suppression of the immune system can increase the risk of lymphocryptovirus (LCV)-associated tumor development in both human and non-human primates. To enable LCV infection as a non-clinical model to study effects of therapeutics on EBV immunity, we determined the genomic DNA sequence of the LCV from cynomolgus macaque, a species commonly used for non-clinical testing. Comparison to rhesus macaque LCV and human EBV sequences indicates that LCV from the cynomolgus macaque has the same genomic arrangement and a high degree of similarity in most genes, especially with rhesus macaque LCV. Genes showing lower similarity were those encoding proteins involved in latency and/or tumor promotion or immune evasion. The genomic sequence of LCV from cynomolgus macaque should aid the development of non-clinical tools for identifying therapeutics that impact LCV immunity and carry potential lymphoma risk. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Journal: Virology
DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2015.10.025
Year: 2015

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