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J Gen Virol. 2018 Aug;99(8):989-990. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.001105. Epub 2018 Jun 21.

ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Papillomaviridae.

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1​School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, Genetics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, BIO5 Institute, and the University of Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.
2​Department of Microbiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, PR China.
3​Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA.
4​Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St., New York, NY, USA.
5​International HPV Reference Center, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 14186 Stockholm, Sweden.
6​Department of Medical Microbiology, Laboratory Medicine, Lund University, Sölvegatan 23, Sjukhusområdet, 221 85 Lund, Sweden.
7​Division of Infection Control and Disease Prevention, Department of Veterinary Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
8​Laboratory of Viral Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.
9​Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo, Centro de Investigação Translacional em Oncologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
10​Departments of Epidemiology and Population Health, Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA.


The Papillomaviridae is a family of small, non-enveloped viruses with double-stranded DNA genomes of 5 748 to 8 607 bp. Their classification is based on pairwise nucleotide sequence identity across the L1 open reading frame. Members of the Papillomaviridae primarily infect mucosal and keratinised epithelia, and have been isolated from fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Despite a long co-evolutionary history with their hosts, some papillomaviruses are pathogens of their natural host species. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the taxonomy of the Papillomaviridae, which is available at


ICTV Report; Papillomaviridae; taxonomy

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