ICTV virus taxonomy profile: Papillomaviridae

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The Papillomaviridae is a family of small, non-enveloped viruses with double-stranded DNA genomes of 5 748 to 8 607 bp. Their classification is based on pairwise nucleotide sequence identity across the L1 open reading frame. Members of the Papillomaviridae primarily infect mucosal and keratinised epithelia, and have been isolated from fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Despite a long co-evolutionary history with their hosts, some papillomaviruses are pathogens of their natural host species. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the taxonomy of the Papillomaviridae, which is available at http://www.ictv.global/report/papillomaviridae.


  • Koenraad Van Doorslaer
  • Zigui Chen
  • Hans Ulrich Bernard
  • Paul K.S. Chan
  • Rob Desalle
  • Joakim Dillner
  • Ola Forslund
  • Takeshi Haga
  • Alison A. McBride
  • Luisa L. Villa
  • Robert D. Burk
  • ICTV Report Consortium
External organisations
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of California, Irvine
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • University of Tokyo
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • University of São Paulo
  • Yeshiva University
  • University of Arizona
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Microbiology in the medical area
  • Infectious Medicine


  • ICTV report, Papillomaviridae, Taxonomy
Original languageEnglish
Article number001105
Pages (from-to)989-990
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 1
Publication categoryResearch