Applications of feline immunodeficiency virus as a model to study HIV pathogenesis
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a naturally-occurring retrovirus that infects domestic and non-domestic feline species, and produces progressive immune depletion that eventually results in an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). While it is accepted that FIV is primarily transmitted by biting, few studies have evaluated FIV oral infection kinetics and transmission mechanisms over the last 20 years. Modern quantitative analyses applied to natural FIV oral infection could significantly further our understanding of lentiviral oral disease and transmission. In this Chapter 1 of this ...
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