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Structural and genomic properties of the hyperthermophilic archaeal virus ATV with an extracellular stage of the reproductive cycle

Prangishvili, David ; Vestergaard, Gisle ; Häring, Monika ; Aramayo, Ricardo ; Basta, Tamara ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Garrett, Roger A


A novel virus, ATV, of the hyperthermophilic archaeal genus Acidianus has the unique property of undergoing a major morphological development outside of, and independently of, the host cell. Virions are extruded from host cells as lemon-shaped tail-less particles, after which they develop long tails at each pointed end, at temperatures close to that of the natural habitat, 85 degrees C. The ...


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