Simian homologues of human herpesvirus 8

Blossom Damania, Ronald C. Desrosiers

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γ-Herpesviruses can be found in most primates including Old World and New World monkeys. The γ-herpesvirinae are grouped into two classes: lymphocryptoviruses (γ1) and rhadinoviruses (γ2). The lymphocryptoviruses include Epstein-Barr virus, lymphocryptovirus of rhesus monkeys, and Herpesvirus papio of baboons. Rhadinoviruses that infect New World monkeys include Herpesvirus saimiri, whose natural host is the squirrel monkey, and Herpesvirus ateles, which infects spider monkeys. Rhadinoviruses that infect hominoids and Old World monkeys include Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, also known as HHV-8, and rhesus monkey rhadinovirus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-543
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1408
StatePublished - Apr 29 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Animal models
  • Genome organization
  • Monkeys
  • Phylogeny
  • Rhadinoviruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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