Family Rudiviridae




- Sulfolobus islandicus rod-shaped virus 1, SIRV1;    linear dsDNA 32,301 bp, sequence acc. no. AJ414696

- Sulfolobus islandicus rod-shaped virus 2, SIRV2; linear dsDNA 35,502 bp, sequence acc. no. AJ344259

- Acidianus rod-shaped virus 1, ARV1; ds DNA 24,655 bp, sequence acc. no. AJ875026

- Stygiolobus rod-shaped virus, SRV, ds DNA 28,096 bp, sequence acc. no. FM164764




Virions are unenveloped consisting of a tube-like superhelix formed by dsDNA and copies of a coat protein, They carry plugs at each end to which three tail fibers are anchored.





Prangishvili, D, H. P. Arnold, U. Ziese, D. Goetz, I. Holz, and W. Zillig. 1999. A novel virus family, the Rudiviridae: structure, virus-host interactions and genome variability of Sulfolobus viruses SIRV1 and SIRV2. Genetics 153, 1387-1396.


Blum, H., W. Zillig, S. Mallock, H. Domdey, and D. Prangishvili. 2001. The genome of the archaeal virus SIRV1 has features in common with genomes of eukaryal viruses. Virology 281, 6-9


Peng X., H. Blum, Q. She, S. Mallok, K. Brügger, R. A. Garrett, W. Zillig, and D. Prangishvili. 2001. Sequences and replication of genomes of the archaeal viruses SIRV1 and SIRV2: Relationships to the archaeal lipothrixvirus SIFV and some eukaryal viruses. Virology 291, 226-234.


Peng, X., A. Kessler, H. Phan, R. A. Garrett, and D. Prangishvili. 2004. Multiple variants of the archaeal DNA rudivirus SIRV1 in a single host and a novel mechanism of genomic variation. Mol.  Microbiol. 54, 366-375.


Vestergaard, G., M. Häring, X. Peng, R. Rachel, R. A. Garrett, and D. Prangishvili. 2005. A novel rudivirus, ARV1, of the hyperthermophilic archaeal genus Acidianus. Virology 336, 83-92.


Vestergaard G., S. A. Shah, A. Bize, W. Reitberger, M. Reuter, H. Phan, A. Briegel, R. Rachel, R. A. Garrett and D. Prangishvili. 2008. Stygiolobus rod-shaped virus and the interplay of crenarchaeal rudiviruses with the anti-viral CRISPR system. J. Bacteriol. 190, 6837-6845.

Updated on 28/10/2014


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