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Special XMRV Issue Upcoming - Advances In Virology

Discussion in 'Media, Interviews, Blogs, Talks, Events about XMRV' started by shannah, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

    From Co-Cure:
    (Look who one of the guest editors is!)

    Call for Papers- Xenotropic and Other Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Viruses in Humans

    Looks like a relatively new journal, Advances in Virology, is planning
    on publishing an XMRV special issue. It isn't to be published until
    next year, but it looks like it will be neat, and it says it's open



    Xenotropic and Other Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Viruses in Humans

    Call for Papers

    XMRV is a new human retrovirus that was originally reported in
    patients with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome. Subsequent
    reports of failure/success to detect XMRV in similar patient
    populations by others have resulted in the current intense controversy
    related to the possible association of XMRV and these human diseases.
    Additionally, there are potential public health implications regarding
    XMRV transmission by blood transfusion. Moreover, murine retrovirus
    sequences related to polytropic murine leukemia viruses (MLVs) have
    recently been reported in some human samples.

    The main focus of this special issue is presenting critical research
    toward development and standardization of sensitive assays for the
    detection of XMRV and related MLVs, understanding virus biology, and
    investigating virus transmission, with the important goals of
    investigating the risk of human infections and determining any disease
    associations. The special issue will be an international forum for
    researchers to present their most recent findings in the field, with
    special emphasis on results that can aid in resolving the clinical and
    public health concerns regarding XMRV and other MLV-related viruses in
    humans. The special issue will publish original research and review
    papers including, but are not limited to the following topics:

    Murine leukemia viruses: background
    Endogenous retroviruses: overview
    Cross-species transmission of MLVs: a historical perspective
    MLVs and host adaptations
    Biology of murine retroviruses
    XMRV: discovery and progress
    XMRV: human infections
    Gammaretroviruses: development of detection assays and standardization
    XMRV and other related murine retroviruses in vitro studies
    XMRV transmission: animal studies
    Prevalence of MLVs in humans
    Novel technologies for virus detection
    Antiretroviral drugs and MLV infection

    Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's
    Author Guidelines, which are located at
    http://www.hindawi.com/journals/av/guidelines.html. Prospective
    authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript
    through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at
    http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:

    Manuscript Due February 1, 2011
    First Round of Reviews May 1, 2011
    Publication Date August 1, 2011

    Lead Guest Editor

    Arifa S. Khan, Laboratory of Retroviruses, Center for Biologics
    Research and Review, Food and Drug Administration, 8800 Rockville
    Pike, HFM-454, Building 29B, room 4NN10, Bethesda, ME, USA

    Guest Editors

    Myra McClure, Jefferiss Research Trust Laboratories, Wright-Fleming
    Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, St. Mary's
    Campus, Norfolk Place, Norfolk W2 1PG, UK
    Yoshinao Kubo, Department of AIDS Research, Institute of Tropical
    Medicine, Nagasaki University, 1-12-4 Sakamoto, Nagasaki 852-8523,
    Paul Jolicoeur, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Clinical Research
    Institute of Montreal, University of Montreal, 110, Pine Avenue West
    Montreal, QC, Canada H2W 1R7

    About this Journal
    Advances in Virology is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that
    publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all
    areas of virology.
  2. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

    That's too long! Accepting papers til end of Jan and then it doesn't come out til start of Aug? Hopefully it gets even more researchers thinking but it would be sad if this was their first time hearing of XMRV.
  3. Boule de feu

    Boule de feu Senior Member

    Ottawa, Canada
    Fortunately for us, Dr Jolicoeur is trying really hard to help.
  4. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Hibernating

    South Australia
    McClure is known (infamous) on this forum.

    Kahn has published the following:

    Kubo has published the following:

    GET and negative retrovirus studies. An unbiased group of editors?

    Jolicoeur is an expert on MLV but hasn't yet published anything related to do with CFS, as far as I could find.
  5. Boule de feu

    Boule de feu Senior Member

    Ottawa, Canada
    Dr. Jolicoeur is so keen in finding any viruses related to CFS that he has requested that Canadians (from Quebec and Ontario) who have received a positive XMRV result from the WPI send him a sample of their blood.

    On June 20, he also gave a presentation (on XMRV) for the AQEM (association quebecoise de l'encephalomyelite myalgique). He was quite positive that he would find it. This is what he said:

    "XMRV interests me because it is a subject that I know well. I have spent 30 years of my life studying this virus in the mouse. Now that I see that it might be associated to a human illness, it is very interesting and intriguing. I will not give up... not right now."
  6. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

    I think our ME future is with the Virologists now and their widening understanding of viral behaviour (affecting so many diseases) - rather causing. Great news.

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