Cafeteria roenbergensis virus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cafeteria roenbergensis virus
Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Family: Mimiviridae

Cafeteria roenbergensis virus

Cafeteria roenbergensis virus (CroV) is a giant virus that infects the marine zooplankton Cafeteria roenbergensis.[1] CroV has one of the largest genome of all marine virus known, consisting of ~730,000 base pairs of double-stranded DNA. Among its 544 predicted protein-coding genes are several that are usually restricted to cellular organisms, such as translation factors and enzymes for DNA repair and carbohydrate synthesis. CroV is distantly related to Mimivirus and belongs to a group of viruses known as Nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses.[2] CroV is itself parasitized by a virophage named "Mavirus".[3][4]


  1. ^ Matthias G. Fischer, Michael J. Allen, William H. Wilson, and Curtis A. Suttle (2010). "Giant virus with a remarkable complement of genes infects marine zooplankton". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (45): 19508–19513. Bibcode:2010PNAS..10719508F. doi:10.1073/pnas.1007615107. PMC 2984142. PMID 20974979. 
  2. ^ Matthias Fischer. "Suttle Laboratory Marine Virology and Microbiology: Profile: Matthias Fischer". Suttle Laboratory. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  3. ^ John Timmer. "A virus so large it gets viruses". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  4. ^ Fischer, M. G.; Suttle, C. A. (2011). "A Virophage at the Origin of Large DNA Transposons". Science 332 (6026): 231–234. doi:10.1126/science.1199412. PMID 21385722.  edit

External links[edit]