Polydnavirus DNA of the braconid wasp Chelonus inanitus is integrated in the wasp's genome and excised only in later pupal and adult stages of the female.

@article{Gruber1996PolydnavirusDO,
  title={Polydnavirus DNA of the braconid wasp Chelonus inanitus is integrated in the wasp's genome and excised only in later pupal and adult stages of the female.},
  author={Andreas Gruber and Peter Stettler and P. Heiniger and Daniel Sch{\"u}mperli and Beatrice Lanzrein},
  journal={The Journal of general virology},
  year={1996},
  volume={77 ( Pt 11)},
  pages={2873-9}
}
Many endoparasitic wasps inject, along with the egg, polydnavirus into their insect hosts, the virus being a prerequisite for successful parasitoid development. The genome of polydnaviruses consists of multiple circular dsDNA molecules of variable size. We show for a 12 kbp segment of the braconid Chelonus inanitus (CiV12) that it is integrated into the wasp genome. This is the first direct demonstration of integration for a bracovirus. PCR data indicated that the integrated form of CiV12 was… CONTINUE READING

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