2014, XVIII, 345 p. 62 illus., 38 illus. in color.
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Follows the step-by-step life cycle of a retrovirus
Provides state-of-the-art methodological protocols from world leaders in human retrovirology
Includes expert notes on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls
Human Retroviruses: Methods and Protocols collects key experimental protocols that have provided the basis of the major discoveries of the field. Split into five sections, this detailed volume covers mapping of the HIV life cycle, isolation, co-receptor use, and cell tropism of HIV-1, in vivo quantification of HIV-1, biological aspects of HIV-1, as well as HTLVs. Some articles explore “assay and function of accessory genes”, largely involving the interface between retroviral and host factors, the extracellular role of Tat and Tax, resembling the function of cytokines, and the biotechnological exploitation of HIV as lentiviral vector to carry foreign genes with therapeutic value. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.
Comprehensive and authoritative, Human Retroviruses: Methods and Protocols provides state-of-art methodological protocols from world leaders in human retrovirology, essential for any lab working this vital field.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Accessory genes - HIV life cycle mapping - HIV/AIDS - HTLVs - Retroviral and host factors - Retrovirology - Tat and Tax