A unique virus release mechanism in the Archaea.

  title={A unique virus release mechanism in the Archaea.},
  author={Ariane Bize and Erik A Karlsson and Karin Ekefj{\"a}rd and Tessa E F Quax and Mery Pina and M H Prevost and Patrick Forterre and Olivier A. Tenaillon and Rolf Bernander and David Prangishvili},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={106 27},
Little is known about the infection cycles of viruses infecting cells from Archaea, the third domain of life. Here, we demonstrate that the virions of the archaeal Sulfolobus islandicus rod-shaped virus 2 (SIRV2) are released from the host cell through a mechanism, involving the formation of specific cellular structures. Large pyramidal virus-induced protrusions transect the cell envelope at several positions, rupturing the S-layer; they eventually open out, thus creating large apertures… CONTINUE READING
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