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Viruses 2017, 9(3), 46; doi:10.3390/v9030046

A Student’s Guide to Giant Viruses Infecting Small Eukaryotes: From Acanthamoeba to Zooxanthellae

The Department of Microbiology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Academic Editors: Mathias Middelboe and Corina Brussard
Received: 27 December 2016 / Revised: 7 March 2017 / Accepted: 9 March 2017 / Published: 17 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Viruses 2016)
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Abstract

The discovery of infectious particles that challenge conventional thoughts concerning “what is a virus” has led to the evolution a new field of study in the past decade. Here, we review knowledge and information concerning “giant viruses”, with a focus not only on some of the best studied systems, but also provide an effort to illuminate systems yet to be better resolved. We conclude by demonstrating that there is an abundance of new host–virus systems that fall into this “giant” category, demonstrating that this field of inquiry presents great opportunities for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: giant viruses; nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDVs); Mimiviridae giant viruses; nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDVs); Mimiviridae
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Wilhelm, S.W.; Bird, J.T.; Bonifer, K.S.; Calfee, B.C.; Chen, T.; Coy, S.R.; Gainer, P.J.; Gann, E.R.; Heatherly, H.T.; Lee, J.; Liang, X.; Liu, J.; Armes, A.C.; Moniruzzaman, M.; Rice, J.H.; Stough, J.M.A.; Tams, R.N.; Williams, E.P.; LeCleir, G.R. A Student’s Guide to Giant Viruses Infecting Small Eukaryotes: From Acanthamoeba to Zooxanthellae. Viruses 2017, 9, 46.

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