AAT Bioquest

Which viruses use reverse transcriptase?

Posted March 22, 2022


Several retroviruses use reverse transcriptase to replicate their genomes, which is central to their infectious nature. Some of the more common viruses that use reverse transcriptase include:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV), which causes a potentially life-threatening liver infection
  • Human T-cell lymphotropic virus I (HTLV-I), which causes leukemia
Additional resources

Viral reverse transcriptases

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