Special XMRV Issue Upcoming - Advances In Virology


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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.
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.
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.

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."


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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.