Viruses 2019, 11(2), 134; https://doi.org/10.3390/v11020134

Twelfth International Foamy Virus Conference—Meeting Report

Herchenröder O, Löchelt M, Buseyne F, Gessain A, Soares MA, Khan AS, Lindemann D.

Abstract


The 12th International Foamy Virus Conference took place on August 30–31, 2018 at the Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany. The meeting included presentations on current research on non-human primate and non-primate foamy viruses (FVs; also called spumaretroviruses) as well as keynote talks on related research areas in retroviruses. The taxonomy of foamy viruses was updated earlier this year to create five new genera in the subfamily, Spumaretrovirinae, based on their animal hosts. Research on viruses from different genera was presented on topics of potential relevance to human health, such as natural infections and cross-species transmission, replication, and viral-host interactions in particular with the immune system, dual retrovirus infections, virus structure and biology, and viral vectors for gene therapy. This article provides an overview of the current state-of-the-field, summarizes the meeting highlights, and presents some important questions that need to be addressed in the future.