Mimivirus and Mimiviridae: giant viruses with an increasing number of potential hosts, including corals and sponges.

@article{Claverie2009MimivirusAM,
  title={Mimivirus and Mimiviridae: giant viruses with an increasing number of potential hosts, including corals and sponges.},
  author={Jean-Michel Claverie and Renata Grzela and Audrey Lartigue and Alain Bernadac and Serge Nitsche and Jean Vacelet and Hiroyuki Ogata and Chantal Abergel},
  journal={Journal of invertebrate pathology},
  year={2009},
  volume={101 3},
  pages={172-80}
}
Mimivirus, a giant DNA virus (i.e. "girus") infecting species of the genus Acanthamoeba, was first identified in 2003. With a particle size of 0.7microm in diameter, and a genome size of 1.2Mb encoding more than 900 proteins, it is the most complex virus described to date. Beyond its unusual size, the Mimivirus genome was found to contain the first viral homologues of many genes thought to be the trademark of cellular organisms, such as central components of the translation apparatus. These… CONTINUE READING
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