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Structure and genome organization of AFV2, a novel archaeal lipothrixvirus with unusual terminal and core structures

Häring, Monika ; Vestergaard, Gisle ; Brügger, Kim ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Garrett, Roger A. ; Prangishvili, David


A novel filamentous virus, AFV2, from the hyperthermophilic archaeal genus Acidianus shows structural similarity to lipothrixviruses but differs from them in its unusual terminal and core structures. The double-stranded DNA genome contains 31,787 bp and carries eight open reading frames homologous to those of other lipothrixviruses, a single tRNA(Lys) gene containing a 12-bp archaeal intron, and a 1,008-bp repeat-rich region near the center of the genome.

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