|Group:||Group III (dsRNA)|
Cystovirus is a genus of viruses, in the family Cystoviridae. Pseudomonas bacteria serve as natural hosts. There are currently only one species in this genus: the type species Pseudomonas phage phi6.
Cystoviruses are distinguished by their three strands (analogous to chromosomes) of dsRNA, totalling ~14 kb in length and their protein and lipid outer layer. No other bacteriophage has any lipid in its outer coat, though the Tectiviridae and the Corticoviridae have lipids within their capsids.
Most identified cystoviruses infect Pseudomonas species, but this is likely biased due to the method of screening and enrichment. The type species is Pseudomonas phage phi6, but there are many other proposed members of this family. Pseudomonas phage phi7, phi8, phi9, phi10, phi11, phi12, and phi13 have been identified and named, but other cystovirus-like viruses have also been isolated.
Members of the Cystoviridae appear to be most closely related to the Reoviridae, but also share homology with the Totiviridae. Cystoviruses are the only bacteriophage that are more closely related to viruses of eukaryotes than to other phages.
Viruses in Cystovirus are enveloped, with icosahedral and Spherical geometries, and T=13, T=2 symmetry. The diameter is around 85 nm. Genomes are linear and segmented, around 6.4kb in length. The genome codes for 12 proteins.
|Genus||Structure||Symmetry||Capsid||Genomic Arrangement||Genomic Segmentation|
|Cystovirus||Icosahedral||T=13 laevo, T=2||Enveloped||Linear||Segmented|
Viral replication is cytoplasmic. Replication follows the double-stranded RNA virus replication model. Double-stranded rna virus transcription is the method of transcription. Pseudomonas bacteria serve as the natural host.
|Genus||Host Details||Tissue Tropism||Entry Details||Release Details||Replication Site||Assembly Site||Transmission|
|Cystovirus||Bacteria: pseudomonas||None||Pilus adsorption; membrane fusion||Cell division; sporogenesis; cell fusion||Cytoplasm||Cytoplasm||Unknown|
Pseudomonas phage phi6 was the first virus in this family to be discovered and was initially characterized in 1973 in James Van Etten's laboratory in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska. They found that when they cultured the bacterial strain Pseudomonas phaseolicola HB1OY with wild Pseudomonas phaseolicola from infected bean straw, there was cytopathic effect, implying that there was a lytic bacteriophage present in their wild Pseudomonas.
In 1999, phi7-14 were identified by the laboratory of Leonard Mindich in the Department of Microbiology at the Public Health Research Institute associated with New York University. They did this by culturing various leaves in Lysogeny Broth and then plating the broth on lawns of Pseudomonas syringae pv phaseolicola. They were able to identify viral plaques from this and then subsequently sequence their genomes.
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