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A novel rudivirus, ARV1, of the hyperthermophilic archaeal genus Acidianus

Vestergaard, Gisle ; Häring, Monika ; Peng, Xu ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Garrett, Roger A. ; Prangishvili, David


Virus ARV1, the first member of the family Rudiviridae infecting hyperthermophilic archaea of the genus Acidianus, was isolated from a hot spring in Pozzuoli, Italy. The rod-shaped virions, 610 +/- 50 nm long and 22 +/- 3 nm wide, are non-enveloped and carry a helical nucleoprotein core, with three tail fibers protruding at each end which appear to be involved in adsorption onto the host cell ...


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