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Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease

Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease

The Editors of Retrovirology and Mobile DNA extend an invitation to submit original research articles related to endogenous retroviruses.

Retroviruses are characterized by their replication strategy which entails a step in which the viral genome is integrated into that of the host cell. Because of this, retroviruses uniquely straddle the world of viruses and the world of mobile genetic elements. Retroviral 'genome invasions' - in which horizontally transmitted retroviruses evolved to become vertically inherited 'endogenous retroviruses' - have occurred repeatedly during evolution, and have profoundly influenced the evolution of animal genomes.

The hundreds of thousands of endogenous retrovirus sequences scattered throughout animal genomes are a rich source of information about the history of co-evolutionary interaction between retroviruses and their hosts. These sequences allow unique insight into the biology of ancient viruses and the mechanisms through which mobile elements influence genome evolution and disease. 

All manuscripts accepted from this Call for Papers will be included in a unique online article collection, further highlighting this important topic. The article collection will also include specially commissioned Review articles related to the topic.

Manuscripts will undergo normal peer review as they are received. Manuscripts will be published online, both to the Collection and on the website of the journal to which they were submitted, as they are accepted. 

Open for submissions: May 24, 2019

Submit an article to Retrovirology for the series.

HTLV-1: a re-emerging human pathogen

Edited by Genoveffa Franchini

The Editors of Retrovirology are proud to announce that 'HTLV-1: a re-emerging human pathogen' is now open for submissions on HTLV-1 replication, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention and identify essential areas of unmet need in HTLV-1 basic and translational research.


HTLV-1 infection affects millions of people worldwide and currently there is neither targeted antiretroviral therapy nor a vaccine for HTLV-1.

The recent awareness of the serious medical condition associated with HTLV-1C infection in indigenous populations of Australia, highlights the urgent need to revitalize  HTLV-1 research. Thus, the scope of this collection is to summarize what is known on HTLV-1 replication, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention and identify essential areas of unmet need in HTLV-1 basic and translational research.

Submit an article to Retrovirology for the series.

Thematic series


2019
Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease
Cross-journal series with Mobile DNAEdited by the Editors-in-Chief of both journals.

HTLV-1: a re-emerging human pathogen
Edited by Genoveffa Franchini

2018
Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) against HIV
Edited by Rogier Sanders and Marit van Gils

Measuring HIV-1 persistence in vivo
Edited by Ben Berkhout and Alexander Pasternak

Disruptive technologies in retrovirus research
Edited by Johnson Mak


KT Jeang Retrovirology Prize


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