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The role of giant viruses of amoebas in humans.

Abstract : Since 2003, dozens of giant viruses that infect amoebas (GVA), including mimiviruses and marseilleviruses, have been discovered. These giants appear to be common in our biosphere. From the onset, their presence and possible pathogenic role in humans have been serendipitously observed or investigated using a broad range of technological approaches, including culture, electron microscopy, serology and various techniques based on molecular biology. The link between amoebal mimiviruses and pneumonia has been the most documented, with findings that fulfill several of the criteria considered as proof of viral disease causation. Regarding marseilleviruses, they have been mostly described in asymptomatic persons, and in a lymph node adenitis. The presence and impact of GVA in humans undoubtedly deserve further investigation in medicine.
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Philippe Colson, Sarah Aherfi, Bernard La Scola, Didier Raoult. The role of giant viruses of amoebas in humans.. Current Opinion in Microbiology, Elsevier, 2016, 31, pp.199-208. ⟨10.1016/j.mib.2016.04.012⟩. ⟨inserm-01310354⟩

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