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Despite enormous difficulties to induce antibodies neutralizing HIV-1, especially broadly neutralizing antibodies directed against the conserved membrane proximal external region (MPER) of the transmembrane envelope protein, such antibodies can be easily induced in the case of gammaretroviruses, among them the porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs). In(More)
Porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) represent a particular risk for xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues or organs. PERVs are integrated in the genome of all pig strains and can be released as particles that infect human cells. We performed for the first time a systematic analysis of PERV expression in different organs of a miniature pig using(More)
Porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) represent a risk for xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues or organs. PERV-A and PERV-B are present in the genome of all pigs and both infect human cells in vitro. PERV-C infects only pig cells and it is integrated in the genome of most, but not all pigs. Recombinants between PERV-A and PERV-C were described(More)
Porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) are widely distributed in the genomes of pigs. PERV-A and PERV-B are present in all pigs. They infect human cells in vitro and therefore represent a risk for xenotransplantation when pig cells, tissues or organs are used. PERV-C infects only pig cells and is not present in the genomes of all pigs. However, PERV-A/C(More)
Porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) represent a risk for xenotransplantation using pig cells or organs since they are integrated in the genome of all pigs and infect human cells in vitro. Recombinants between PERV-A and PERV-C have been described in pigs in vivo and found de novo integrated in the genome of somatic cells, but not in the germ line. To(More)
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