Pigs as Organ Donors – New Findings on the Prevention of Retrovirus Infections

Intensive research is being carried out to enable the transplantation of organs from specially bred pigs to humans. However, the pig genome contains the genomes of various endogenous retroviruses (PERV-A, B and C) that could potentially cause infectious diseases. A research team at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut has demonstrated in the Yucatan miniature pig breed (haplotype SLA D/D) that the retrovirus PERV-C could be reproductive and therefore infectious. The identification of the PERV-C genome now makes it possible to remove the PERV-C retrovirus genome from the pigs‘ genome via gene editing (Journal of Virology, 8 March 2023).

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