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Virus classification
Group: Group IV ((+)ssRNA)
Order: Nidovirales
Family: Arteriviridae
Genus: Arterivirus
type species

Arterivirus is the only genus of viruses in the family Arteriviridae, which is within the order Nidovirales. Vertebrates serve as natural hosts. There are currently four species in this genus including the type species Equine arteritis virus. Diseases associated with this genus include: EAV: vascular lesions, fever, edema, abortion. PRRSV: abortions and respiratory disease. SHFV: fever, edema, dehydration, hemorragies, death (almost 100%).[1][2]


Group: ssRNA(+)



Viruses in Arterivirus are enveloped, with spherical, Round, and Isometric geometries. The diameter is around 45-60 nm. Genomes are linear and non-segmented, around 12-16kb in length.[1]

Genus Structure Symmetry Capsid Genomic arrangement Genomic segmentation
Arterivirus Spherical Enveloped Linear Monopartite

Life cycle[edit]

Viral replication is cytoplasmic. Entry into the host cell is achieved by attachment to host receptors, which mediates clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Replication follows the positive stranded RNA virus replication model. Positive stranded rna virus transcription is the method of transcription. Translation takes place by leaky scanning, and -1 ribosomal frameshifting. Vertebrates serve as the natural host. Transmission routes are transplancental, contact, urine, semen, air borne particles, and saliva.[1]

Genus Host details Tissue tropism Entry details Release details Replication site Assembly site Transmission
Arterivirus Vertebrates Lung macrophages; lymph nodes Clathrin-mediated endocytosis Budding Cytoplasm Cytoplasm Genital secretions; respiratory tract secretions


In 1996, the family Arteriviridae was included within the order Nidovirales. Arteriviruses are small, enveloped, animal viruses with an icosahedral core containing a positive-sense RNA genome. The family includes equine arteritis virus (EAV), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), lactate dehydrogenase elevating virus (LDV) of mice and simian haemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV). Three of these viruses were first discovered and characterized in the 1950/60s, whereas PRRSV was first isolated in Europe and in North America in the early 1990s. The arteriviruses are highly species specific, but share many biological and molecular properties, including virion morphology, a unique set of structural proteins, genome organization and replication strategy, and the ability to establish prolonged or true persistent infection in their natural hosts. However, the epidemiology and pathogenesis of the infection caused by each virus is distinct, as are the diseases they cause.[3]


Because of the discovery of additional viruses a reorganisation of this genus has been proposed.[4] These proposals would abolish the genus Arterivirus and create five new genera: Dipartevirus, Equartevirus, Nesartevirus, Rodartevirus and Simartevirus.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Viral Zone". ExPASy. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b ICTV. "Virus Taxonomy: 2014 Release". Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Balasuriya and Snijder (2008). "Arteriviruses". Animal Viruses: Molecular Biology. Caister Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-904455-22-6. 
  4. ^ a b Kuhn, JH; Lauck, M; Bailey, AL; Shchetinin, AM; Vishnevskaya, TV; Bào, Y; Ng, TF; LeBreton, M; Schneider, BS; Gillis, A; Tamoufe, U; Diffo Jle, D; Takuo, JM; Kondov, NO; Coffey, LL; Wolfe, ND; Delwart, E; Clawson, AN; Postnikova, E; Bollinger, L; Lackemeyer, MG; Radoshitzky, SR; Palacios, G; Wada, J; Shevtsova, ZV; Jahrling, PB; Lapin, BA; Deriabin, PG; Dunowska, M; Alkhovsky, SV; Rogers, J; Friedrich, TC; O'Connor, DH; Goldberg, TL (March 2016). "Reorganization and expansion of the nidoviral family Arteriviridae". Archives of Virology. 161 (3): 755–68. doi:10.1007/s00705-015-2672-z. PMC 5573231Freely accessible. PMID 26608064. 

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