Mullins Molecular Retrovirology Lab

  • Department of Microbiology
  • School of Medicine
  • University of Washington
University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research

Citation Information

Frey SC, Hoover EA, Mullins JI (2001). Feline immunodeficiency virus cell entry. Journal of virology, 75(11), 5433-40. (pubmed)


The process of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) cell entry was examined using assays for virus replication intermediates. FIV subtype B was found to utilize the chemokine receptor CXCR4, but not CCR5, as a cellular receptor. Zidovudine blocked formation of late viral replication products most effectively, including circular DNA genome intermediates. Our findings extend the role of CXCR4 as a primary receptor for CD4-independent cell entry by FIV.