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Anticancer Res. 1986 May-Jun;6(3 Pt B):403-11.

Lymphadenopathy/AIDS virus: genetic organization and relationship to animal lentiviruses.


This article presents data obtained by our group in the molecular characterization of the probable agent of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), the lymphadenopathy/AIDS virus (LAV). Molecular cloning and complete nucleotide sequencing of LAV allows a detailed comparison with other AIDS virus isolates, as well as other human and animal retroviruses. We have now molecular evidence that the AIDS virus is closely related to visna virus, prototype of the lentiviruses, whereas the other human retroviruses, i.e., human T-cell leukemia viruses type I and II (HTLV-I and II), are quite remote in the evolution.

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