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J Virol Methods. 1992 Sep;39(1-2):185-95.

Generation of macaque B lymphoblastoid cell lines with simian Epstein-Barr-like viruses: transformation procedure, characterization of the cell lines and occurrence of simian foamy virus.

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Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Abteilung Virologie und Immunologie, Göttingen, Germany.


Two simian Epstein-Barr-like viruses, a rhesus Epstein-Barr virus and Herpesvirus papio, were used to transform B cells from rhesus or cynomolgus macaques. The resulting cell lines exhibited predominantly a B lymphocyte phenotype and expressed Epstein-Barr virus antigens. The majority of B lymphoblastoid cell lines from macaques, which were seropositive for simian foamy virus, developed giant cells in culture. The cytopathic agent was identified as a foamy virus and was transmissible to human embryonal fibroblasts. Treatment of cell cultures with AZT abolished giant cell formation.

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