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Title: Genomic diversity and evolution of papillomaviruses in rhesus monkeys
Authors: Chan, S.-Y. 
Bernard, H.-U. 
Ratterree, M.
Birkebak, T.A.
Faras, A.J.
Ostrow, R.S.
Issue Date: Jul-1997
Citation: Chan, S.-Y.,Bernard, H.-U.,Ratterree, M.,Birkebak, T.A.,Faras, A.J.,Ostrow, R.S. (1997-07). Genomic diversity and evolution of papillomaviruses in rhesus monkeys. Journal of Virology 71 (7) : 4938-4943. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We are studying the diversity of and relationships among papillomaviruses (PVs) to understand the modes and timescales of PV evolution and in the hope of finding animal PVs that may serve as model systems for disease caused by human PVs (HPVs). Toward this goal, we have examined 326 genital samples from rhesus monkeys and long-tailed macaques with a PCR protocol optimized for detecting genital HPV types. In 28 of the rhesus monkey samples, we found amplicons derived from 12 different and novel PV genomes, RhPV-a to RhPV-m, with the likely taxonomic status of 'type.' The frequency with which novel RhPVs were detected suggests that rhesus monkeys may play host to PVs with a diversity similar to that of humans. In phylogenetic trees, all 12 of the different RhPVs and the previously described type RhPV-1 were members of the genital HPV supergroup and formed three minor branches distinct from the 11 branches formed by genital HPVs. We also identified a novel PV amplicon, MfPV-a, from a long-tailed macaque, a species belonging to the same genus as rhesus monkeys. MfPV-a turned out to be a close relative of five RhPVs. It appears that the evolution of primate lineages leading to the genus Macaca and to humans created transmission barriers for PVs, resulting in vital evolution closely linked to the host. Additional support for the linked-evolution hypothesis comes from considering the phylogenetic association of two other ape and monkey PVs with the genital HPVs, the supergroup formed by at least seven ungulate PVs, and the isolated phylogenetic position of the only known bird PV.
Source Title: Journal of Virology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/111902
ISSN: 0022538X
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