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J Med Primatol. 1995 May;24(3):108-15.

Isolation and characterization of the first simian immunodeficiency virus from a feral sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys) in West Africa.

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Department of Microbiology, New York University Medical Center, NY, 10016, US


The lineage of HIV-2-like viruses was studied in feral sooty mangabeys (SMs) by serological and genetic methods. Four feral sooty mangabeys were positive for simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) antibodies and a new isolate, SIVsmSL92a, was obtained. Genetic analysis of gag genes showed that SIVsmSL92a was highly diverse and a distinct sequence subtype within the SIV sm/HIV-2 family. The results showed that SIVsm is the most diverse group of SIVs found thus far in a single monkey species.

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