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Easton AJ.
Arch Virol. 2016 Mar;161(3):769-770. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2725-3. PMID: 26695769

Kuhn JH, Lauck M, Bailey AL, Shchetinin AM, Vishnevskaya TV, Bào Y, Ng TF, LeBreton M, Schneider BS, Gillis A, Tamoufe U, Diffo JL, 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.
The family Arteriviridae presently includes a single genus Arterivirus. This genus includes four species as the taxonomic homes for equine arteritis virus (EAV), lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus (LDV), porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus (PRRSV), and simian hemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV), respectively. A revision of this classification is urgently needed to accommodate the recent description of eleven highly divergent simian arteriviruses in diverse African nonhuman primates, one novel arterivirus in an African forest giant pouched rat, and a novel arterivirus in common brushtails in New Zealand. In addition, the current arterivirus nomenclature is not in accordance with the most recent version of the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature. Here we outline an updated, amended, and improved arterivirus taxonomy based on current data. Taxon-specific sequence cut-offs are established relying on a newly established open reading frame 1b phylogeny and pairwise sequence comparison (PASC) of coding-complete arterivirus genomes. As a result, the current genus Arterivirus is replaced by five genera: Equartevirus (for EAV), Rodartevirus (LDV + PRRSV), Simartevirus (SHFV + simian arteriviruses), Nesartevirus (for the arterivirus from forest giant pouched rats), and Dipartevirus (common brushtail arterivirus). The current species Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus is divided into two species to accommodate the clear divergence of the European and American “types” of PRRSV, both of which now receive virus status. The current species Simian hemorrhagic fever virus is divided into nine species to accommodate the twelve known simian arteriviruses. Non-Latinized binomial species names are introduced to replace all current species names to clearly differentiate them from virus names, which remain largely unchanged.
Arch Virol. 2016 Mar; 161(3): 755-768. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2672-z. Epub 2015 Nov 25. PMID: 26608064

Pietilä MK, Roine E, Sencilo A, Bamford DH, Oksanen HM.
Viruses infecting archaea show a variety of virion morphotypes, and they are currently classified into more than ten viral families or corresponding groups. A pleomorphic virus morphotype is very common among haloarchaeal viruses, and to date, several such viruses have been isolated. Here, we propose the classification of eight such viruses and formation of a new family, Pleolipoviridae (from the Greek pleo for more or many and lipos for lipid), containing three genera, Alpha-, Beta-, and Gammapleolipovirus. The proposal is currently under review by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). The members of the proposed family Pleolipoviridae infect halophilic archaea and are nonlytic. They share structural and genomic features and differ from any other classified virus. The virion of pleolipoviruses is composed of a pleomorphic membrane vesicle enclosing the genome. All pleolipoviruses have two major structural protein species, internal membrane and spike proteins. Although the genomes of the pleolipoviruses are single- or double-stranded, linear or circular DNA molecules, they share the same genome organization and gene synteny and show significant similarity at the amino acid level. The canonical features common to all members of the proposed family Pleolipoviridae show that they are closely related and thus form a new viral family.
Arch Virol. 2016 Jan;161(1):249-56. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2613-x. Epub 2015 Oct 12. PMID: 26459284

Krupovic M, Kuhn JH, Fischer MG.
Satellite viruses encode structural proteins required for the formation of infectious particles but depend on helper viruses for completing their replication cycles. Because of this unique property, satellite viruses that infect plants, arthropods, or mammals, as well as the more recently discovered satellite-like viruses that infect protists (virophages), have been grouped with other, so-called “sub-viral agents.” For the most part, satellite viruses are therefore not classified. We argue that possession of a coat-protein-encoding gene and the ability to form virions are the defining features of a bona fide virus. Accordingly, all satellite viruses and virophages should be consistently classified within appropriate taxa. We propose to create four new genera – Albetovirus, Aumaivirus, Papanivirus, and Virtovirus – for positive-sense single-stranded (+) RNA satellite viruses that infect plants and the family Sarthroviridae, including the genus Macronovirus, for (+)RNA satellite viruses that infect arthopods. For double-stranded DNA virophages, we propose to establish the family Lavidaviridae, including two genera, Sputnikvirus and Mavirus.
Arch Virol. 2016 Jan;161(1):233-47. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2622-9. Epub 2015 Oct 7. PMID: 26446887


Pantó L, Podgorski II, Jánoska M, Márkó O, Harrach B.
A species classification regarding Old World monkey adenoviruses is proposed. We determined the nucleotide sequences of PCR-amplified fragments from the genes of the IVa2, DNA-dependent DNA polymerase, penton base, and hexon proteins from every simian adenovirus (SAdV) serotype that originated from Old World monkeys for which the full genome sequence had not yet been published. We confirmed that the majority of Old Word monkey SAdVs belong to two previously established species. Interestingly, one is the most recently established human AdV species, Human mastadenovirus G, which includes a single human virus, HAdV-52, as well as SAdV-1, -2, -7, -11, -12, and -15. The other approved species, Simian mastadenovirus A includes SAdV-3, -4, -6, -9, -10, -14, and -48. Several SAdVs (SAdV-5, -8, -49, -50) together with baboon AdV-1 and rhesus monkey AdV strains A1139, A1163, A1173, A1258, A1285, A1296, A1312, A1327 and A1335 have been proposed to be classified into an additional species, Simian mastadenovirus B. Another proposed species, Simian mastadenovirus C has been described for SAdV-19, baboon AdV-2/4 and -3. Our study revealed the existence of four additional AdV lineages. The corresponding new candidate species are Simian mastadenovirus D (for SAdV-13), Simian mastadenovirus E (for SAdV-16), Simian mastadenovirus F (for SAdV-17 and -18), and Simian mastadenovirus G (for SAdV-20). Several biological and genomic properties, such as the host origin, haemagglutination profile, number of fibre genes, and G+C content of the genome, strongly support this classification. Three SAdV strains originating from the American Type Culture Collection turned out to be mixtures of at least two virus types, either of the same species (SAdV-12 and -15 types from Human mastadenovirus G) or of two different species (SAdV-5 types from Simian mastadenovirus B and Human mastadenovirus G).
Arch Virol. 2015 Dec;160(12):3165-77. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2575-z. Epub 2015 Sep 14. PMID: 26370792

Scheets K, Jordan R, White KA, Hernández C.
Currently, the family Tombusviridae encompasses thirteen viral genera that contain single-stranded, positive-sense RNA genomes and isometric virions; the exception being the genus Umbravirus, whose members do not encode a coat protein (CP). A new genus, tentatively named Pelarspovirus, is proposed to be added to this family and would include five members, with Pelargonium line pattern virus recommended as the type species. Viruses assigned to this proposed genus have monopartite genomes encoding five open reading frames (ORFs) that include two 5′-proximal replication proteins, two centrally located movement proteins (MP1 and MP2) and a 3′-proximal CP that, at least for pelargonium line pattern virus (PLPV), has been shown to act also as suppressor of RNA silencing. Distinguishing characteristics of these viruses include i) production of a single, tricistronic subgenomic RNA for expression of MP and CP genes, ii) presence of a non-AUG start codon (CUG or GUG) initiating the MP2 ORF, iii) absence of AUG codons in any frame between the AUG initiation codons of MP1 and CP genes, and iv) sequence-based phylogenetic clustering of all encoded proteins in separate clades from those of other family members.
Arch Virol. 2015 Sep;160(9):2385-93. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2500-5. Epub 2015 Jul 7. PMID: 26149249

Radoshitzky SR, Bào Y, Buchmeier MJ, Charrel RN, Clawson AN, Clegg CS, DeRisi JL, Emonet S, Gonzalez JP, Kuhn JH, Lukashevich IS, Peters CJ, Romanowski V, Salvato MS, Stenglein MD, de la Torre JC.
Until recently, members of the monogeneric family Arenaviridae (arenaviruses) have been known to infect only muroid rodents and, in one case, possibly phyllostomid bats. The paradigm of arenaviruses exclusively infecting small mammals shifted dramatically when several groups independently published the detection and isolation of a divergent group of arenaviruses in captive alethinophidian snakes. Preliminary phylogenetic analyses suggest that these reptilian arenaviruses constitute a sister clade to mammalian arenaviruses. Here, the members of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Arenaviridae Study Group, together with other experts, outline the taxonomic reorganization of the family Arenaviridae to accommodate reptilian arenaviruses and other recently discovered mammalian arenaviruses and to improve compliance with the Rules of the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature (ICVCN). PAirwise Sequence Comparison (PASC) of arenavirus genomes and NP amino acid pairwise distances support the modification of the present classification. As a result, the current genus Arenavirus is replaced by two genera, Mammarenavirus and Reptarenavirus, which are established to accommodate mammalian and reptilian arenaviruses, respectively, in the same family. The current species landscape among mammalian arenaviruses is upheld, with two new species added for Lunk and Merino Walk viruses and minor corrections to the spelling of some names. The published snake arenaviruses are distributed among three new separate reptarenavirus species. Finally, a non-Latinized binomial species name scheme is adopted for all arenavirus species. In addition, the current virus abbreviations have been evaluated, and some changes are introduced to unequivocally identify each virus in electronic databases, manuscripts, and oral proceedings.
Arch Virol. 2015 Jul;160(7):1851-74. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2418-y. PMID: 25935216

Adams MJ, Lefkowitz EJ, King AM, Bamford DH, Breitbart M, Davison AJ, Ghabrial SA, Gorbalenya AE, Knowles NJ, Krell P, Lavigne R, Prangishvili D, Sanfaçon H, Siddell SG, Simmonds P, Carstens EB.
Changes to virus taxonomy approved and ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses in February 2015 are listed.
Arch Virol. 2015 Jul;160(7):1837-50. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2425-z. PMID: 25913692

Brown JK, Zerbini FM, Navas-Castillo J, Moriones E, Ramos-Sobrinho R, Silva JC, Fiallo-Olivé E, Briddon RW, Hernández-Zepeda C, Idris A, Malathi VG, Martin DP, Rivera-Bustamante R, Ueda S, Varsani A.
Viruses of the genus Begomovirus (family Geminiviridae) are emergent pathogens of crops throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. By virtue of having a small DNA genome that is easily cloned, and due to the recent innovations in cloning and low-cost sequencing, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of available begomovirus genome sequences. Even so, most of the available sequences have been obtained from cultivated plants and are likely a small and phylogenetically unrepresentative sample of begomovirus diversity, a factor constraining taxonomic decisions such as the establishment of operationally useful species demarcation criteria. In addition, problems in assigning new viruses to established species have highlighted shortcomings in the previously recommended mechanism of species demarcation. Based on the analysis of 3,123 full-length begomovirus genome (or DNA-A component) sequences available in public databases as of December 2012, a set of revised guidelines for the classification and nomenclature of begomoviruses are proposed. The guidelines primarily consider a) genus-level biological characteristics and b) results obtained using a standardized classification tool, Sequence Demarcation Tool, which performs pairwise sequence alignments and identity calculations. These guidelines are consistent with the recently published recommendations for the genera Mastrevirus and Curtovirus of the family Geminiviridae. Genome-wide pairwise identities of 91 % and 94 % are proposed as the demarcation threshold for begomoviruses belonging to different species and strains, respectively. Procedures and guidelines are outlined for resolving conflicts that may arise when assigning species and strains to categories wherever the pairwise identity falls on or very near the demarcation threshold value.
Arch Virol. 2015 Jun;160(6):1593-619. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2398-y. Epub 2015 Apr 18. PMID: 25894478

Adams MJ, Hendrickson RC, Dempsey DM, Lefkowitz EJ.
A database and website ( ) have been established where the history of changes in virus taxonomy from 1971 to the present day can easily be traced. Each change is linked to a source document confirming the change or, for most changes since 2002, to the taxonomic proposal approved by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).
Arch Virol. 2015 May;160(5):1375-83. doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2376-4. Epub 2015 Feb 25. PMID: 25708839

Kuhn JH, Dürrwald R, Bào Y, Briese T, Carbone K, Clawson AN, deRisi JL, Garten W, Jahrling PB, Kolodziejek J, Rubbenstroth D, Schwemmle M, Stenglein M, Tomonaga K, Weissenböck H, Nowotny N.
Knowledge of bornaviruses has expanded considerably during the last decade. A possible reservoir of mammalian Borna disease virus has been identified, divergent bornaviruses have been detected in birds and reptiles, and endogenous bornavirus-like elements have been discovered in the genomes of vertebrates of several species. Previous sequence comparisons and alignments have indicated that the members of the current family Bornaviridae are phylogenetically diverse and are not adequately classified in the existing bornavirus taxonomy supported by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). We provide an update of these analyses and describe their implications for taxonomy. We propose retaining the family name Bornaviridae and the genus Bornavirus but reorganizing species classification. PAirwise Sequence Comparison (PASC) of bornavirus genomes and Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) comparison of genomic and protein sequences, in combination with other already published phylogenetic analyses and known biological characteristics of bornaviruses, indicate that this genus should include at least five species: Mammalian 1 bornavirus (classical Borna disease virus and divergent Borna disease virus isolate No/98), Psittaciform 1 bornavirus (avian/psittacine bornaviruses 1, 2, 3, 4, 7), Passeriform 1 bornavirus (avian/canary bornaviruses C1, C2, C3, LS), Passeriform 2 bornavirus (estrildid finch bornavirus EF), and Waterbird 1 bornavirus (avian bornavirus 062CG). This classification is also in line with biological characteristics of these viruses and their vertebrate hosts. A snake bornavirus, proposed to be named Loveridge’s garter snake virus 1, should be classified as a member of an additional species (Elapid 1 bornavirus), unassigned to a genus, in the family Bornaviridae. Avian bornaviruses 5, 6, MALL, and another “reptile bornavirus” (“Gaboon viper virus”) should stay unclassified until further information becomes available. Finally, we propose new virus names and abbreviations when necessary to achieve clear differentiation and unique identification.
Arch Virol. 2015 Feb;160(2):621-32. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-2276-z. Epub 2014 Dec 2. PubMed PMID: 25449305; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4315759.


Di Serio F, Flores R, Verhoeven JT, Li SF, Pallás V, Randles JW, Sano T, Vidalakis G, Owens RA.
Viroids are the smallest autonomous infectious nucleic acids known so far. With a small circular RNA genome of about 250-400 nt, which apparently does not code for any protein, viroids replicate and move systemically in host plants. Since the discovery of the first viroid almost forty-five years ago, many different viroids have been isolated, characterized and, frequently, identified as the causal agents of plant diseases. The first viroid classification scheme was proposed in the early 1990s and adopted by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) a few years later. Here, the current viroid taxonomy scheme and the criteria for viroid species demarcation are discussed, highlighting the main taxonomic questions currently under consideration by the ICTV Viroid Study Group. The impact of correct taxonomic annotation of viroid sequence variants is also addressed, taking into consideration the increasing application of next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics for known and previously unrecognized viroids.
Arch Virol. 2014 Dec;159(12):3467-78. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-2200-6. Epub 2014 Sep 13.
Adams MJ, Lefkowitz EJ, King AM, Carstens EB.
Changes to virus taxonomy approved by a vote of all ICTV members in February-March 2014 are reported.
Arch Virol. 2014 Oct;159(10):2831-41. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-2114-3. Epub 2014 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 24906522.

M. J. Adams, E. B. Carstens
Following discussions at the Executive Committee meeting of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in Edinburgh, UK, in July 2013, it was agreed to propose changes to the Statutes to allow the appointment of a third Secretary, with particular responsibility for virus data. These changes have now been formally adopted, following approval by the ICTV voting membership (in a ballot conducted by e-mail) and by IUMS Virology Division, as required by the Statutes.
Arch Virol. 2014 Oct;159(10):2829-30. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-2145-9. Epub 2014 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 24906527.

Varsani A, Navas-Castillo J, Moriones E, Hernández-Zepeda C, Idris A, Brown JK, Murilo Zerbini F, Martin DP.
The family Geminiviridae includes plant-infecting circular single-stranded DNA viruses that have geminate particle morphology. Members of this family infect both monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants and have a nearly global distribution. With the advent of new molecular tools and low-cost sequencing, there has been a significant increase in the discovery of new geminiviruses in various cultivated and non-cultivated plants. In this communication, we highlight the establishment of three new genera (Becurtovirus, Eragrovirus and Turncurtovirus) to accommodate various recently discovered geminiviruses that are highly divergent and, in some cases, have unique genome architectures. The genus Becurtovirus has two viral species, Beet curly top Iran virus (28 isolates; leafhopper vector Circulifer haematoceps) and Spinach curly top Arizona virus (1 isolate; unknown vector), whereas the genera Eragrovirus and Turncurtovirus each have a single assigned species: Eragrostis curvula streak virus (6 isolates; unknown vector) and Turnip curly top virus (20 isolates; leafhopper vector Circulifer haematoceps), respectively. Based on analysis of all of the genome sequences available in public databases for each of the three new genera, we provide guidelines and protocols for species and strain classification within these three new genera.
Arch Virol. 2014 Aug;159(8):2193-203. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-2050-2. Epub 2014 Mar 22.
Calisher CH, Tesh RB.
Arch Virol. 2014 Aug;159(8):2189-91. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-2008-4. Epub 2014 Feb 18.
Varsani A, Martin DP, Navas-Castillo J, Moriones E, Hernández-Zepeda C, Idris A, Murilo Zerbini F, Brown JK.
Members of the genus Curtovirus (family Geminiviridae) are important pathogens of many wild and cultivated plant species. Until recently, relatively few full curtovirus genomes have been characterised. However, with the 19 full genome sequences now available in public databases, we revisit the proposed curtovirus species and strain classification criteria. Using pairwise identities coupled with phylogenetic evidence, revised species and strain demarcation guidelines have been instituted. Specifically, we have established 77 % genome-wide pairwise identity as a species demarcation threshold and 94 % genome-wide pairwise identity as a strain demarcation threshold. Hence, whereas curtovirus sequences with >77 % genome-wide pairwise identity would be classified as belonging to the same species, those sharing >94 % identity would be classified as belonging to the same strain. We provide step-by-step guidelines to facilitate the classification of newly discovered curtovirus full genome sequences and a set of defined criteria for naming new species and strains. The revision yields three curtovirus species: Beet curly top virus (BCTV), Spinach severe curly top virus (SpSCTV) and Horseradish curly top virus (HrCTV).
Arch Virol. 2014 Jul;159(7):1873-82. doi: 10.1007/s00705-014-1982-x. Epub 2014 Jan 25. PMID: 24463952

Pawlowski A, Rissanen I, Bamford JK, Krupovic M, Jalasvuori M.
A new family of viruses named Sphaerolipoviridae has been proposed recently. It comprises icosahedral, tailless haloarchaeal viruses with an internal lipid membrane located between the protein capsid and the dsDNA genome. The proposed family Sphaerolipoviridae was divided into two genera: Alphasphaerolipovirus, including Haloarcula hispanica viruses SH1, PH1 and HHIV-2, and Betasphaerolipovirus, including Natrinema virus SNJ1. Here, we propose to expand the family Sphaerolipoviridae to include a group of bacteriophages infecting extreme thermophilic Thermus thermophilus and sharing a number of structural and genomic properties with archaeal sphaerolipoviruses. This new group comprises two members, lytic phage P23-77 and temperate phage IN93, as well as putative members P23-72 and P23-65H. In addition, several related proviruses have been discovered as integrated elements in bacterial genomes of the families Thermus and Meiothermus. Morphology of the virus particles and the overall capsid architecture of these bacteriophages resembles that of archaeal members of the Sphaerolipoviridae, including an unusual capsid arrangement in a T = 28 dextro lattice. Alpha- and betasphaerolipoviruses share with P23-77-like bacteriophages a conserved block of core genes that encode a putative genome-packaging ATPase and the two major capsid proteins (MCPs). The recently determined X-ray structure of the small and large MCPs of P23-77 revealed a single beta-barrel (jelly-roll) fold that is superimposable with the cryo-EM density maps of the SH1 capsomers. Given the common features of these viruses, we propose to include the so far unclassified P23-77-like bacteriophages into a new genus, “Gammasphaerolipovirus”, within the family Sphaerolipoviridae.
Arch Virol. 2014 Jun;159(6):1541-54. doi: 10.1007/s00705-013-1970-6. Epub 2014 Jan 7. PMID: 24395078

Kuhn JH, Bào Y, Bavari S, Becker S, Bradfute S, Brauburger K, Rodney Brister J, Bukreyev AA, Caì Y, Chandran K, Davey RA, Dolnik O, Dye JM, Enterlein S, Gonzalez JP, Formenty P, Freiberg AN, Hensley LE, Hoenen T, Honko AN, Ignatyev GM, Jahrling PB, Johnson KM, Klenk HD, Kobinger G, Lackemeyer MG, Leroy EM, Lever MS, Mühlberger E, Netesov SV, Olinger GG, Palacios G, Patterson JL, Paweska JT, Pitt L, Radoshitzky SR, Ryabchikova EI, Saphire EO, Shestopalov AM, Smither SJ, Sullivan NJ, Swanepoel R, Takada A, Towner JS, van der Groen G, Volchkov VE, Volchkova VA, Wahl-Jensen V, Warren TK, Warfield KL, Weidmann M, Nichol ST.
Specific alterations (mutations, deletions, insertions) of virus genomes are crucial for the functional characterization of their regulatory elements and their expression products, as well as a prerequisite for the creation of attenuated viruses that could serve as vaccine candidates. Virus genome tailoring can be performed either by using traditionally cloned genomes as starting materials, followed by site-directed mutagenesis, or by de novo synthesis of modified virus genomes or parts thereof. A systematic nomenclature for such recombinant viruses is necessary to set them apart from wild-type and laboratory-adapted viruses, and to improve communication and collaborations among researchers who may want to use recombinant viruses or create novel viruses based on them. A large group of filovirus experts has recently proposed nomenclatures for natural and laboratory animal-adapted filoviruses that aim to simplify the retrieval of sequence data from electronic databases. Here, this work is extended to include nomenclature for filoviruses obtained in the laboratory via reverse genetics systems. The previously developed template for natural filovirus genetic variant naming, (/)///, is retained, but we propose to adapt the type of information added to each field for cDNA clone-derived filoviruses. For instance, the full-length designation of an Ebola virus Kikwit variant rescued from a plasmid developed at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could be akin to “Ebola virus H.sapiens-rec/COD/1995/Kikwit-abc1” (with the suffix “rec” identifying the recombinant nature of the virus and “abc1” being a placeholder for any meaningful isolate designator). Such a full-length designation should be used in databases and the methods section of publications. Shortened designations (such as “EBOV”) and abbreviations (such as “EBOV/Kik-abc1”) could be used in the remainder of the text, depending on how critical it is to convey information contained in the full-length name. “EBOV” would suffice if only one EBOV strain/variant/isolate is addressed.
Arch Virol. 2014 May;159(5):1229-37. doi: 10.1007/s00705-013-1877-2. Epub 2013 Nov 5. PMID: 24190508

Cotmore SF, Agbandje-McKenna M, Chiorini JA, Mukha DV, Pintel DJ, Qiu J, Soderlund-Venermo M, Tattersall P, Tijssen P, Gatherer D, Davison AJ.
A set of proposals to rationalize and extend the taxonomy of the family Parvoviridae is currently under review by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). Viruses in this family infect a wide range of hosts, as reflected by the longstanding division into two subfamilies: the Parvovirinae, which contains viruses that infect vertebrate hosts, and the Densovirinae, encompassing viruses that infect arthropod hosts. Using a modified definition for classification into the family that no longer demands isolation as long as the biological context is strong, but does require a near-complete DNA sequence, 134 new viruses and virus variants were identified. The proposals introduce new species and genera into both subfamilies, resolve one misclassified species, and improve taxonomic clarity by employing a series of systematic changes. These include identifying a precise level of sequence similarity required for viruses to belong to the same genus and decreasing the level of sequence similarity required for viruses to belong to the same species. These steps will facilitate recognition of the major phylogenetic branches within genera and eliminate the confusion caused by the near-identity of species and viruses. Changes to taxon nomenclature will establish numbered, non-Latinized binomial names for species, indicating genus affiliation and host range rather than recapitulating virus names. Also, affixes will be included in the names of genera to clarify subfamily affiliation and reduce the ambiguity that results from the vernacular use of “parvovirus” and “densovirus” to denote multiple taxon levels.

Arch Virol. 2014 May;159(5):1239-47. doi: 10.1007/s00705-013-1914-1. Epub 2013 Nov 9. PMID: 24212889

Bukreyev AA, Chandran K, Dolnik O, Dye JM, Ebihara H, Leroy EM, Mühlberger E, Netesov SV, Patterson JL, Paweska JT, Saphire EO, Smither SJ, Takada A, Towner JS, Volchkov VE, Warren TK, Kuhn JH.
The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Filoviridae Study Group prepares proposals on the classification and nomenclature of filoviruses to reflect current knowledge or to correct disagreements with the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature (ICVCN). In recent years, filovirus taxonomy has been corrected and updated, but parts of it remain controversial, and several topics remain to be debated. This article summarizes the decisions and discussion of the currently acting ICTV Filoviridae Study Group since its inauguration in January 2012.
Archives of Virology, 2014 Apr;159(4):821-30. doi: 10.1007/s00705-013-1834-0. Epub 2013 Oct 13. PMID 24122154

Dietzgen RG, Kuhn JH, Clawson AN, Freitas-Astúa J, Goodin MM, Kitajima EW, Kondo H, Wetzel T, Whitfield AE.
Orchid fleck virus (OFV) is an unassigned negative-sense, single-stranded (-)ssRNA plant virus that was previously suggested to be included in the family Rhabdoviridae, order Mononegavirales. Although OFV shares some biological characteristics, including nuclear cytopathological effects, gene order, and sequence similarities, with nucleorhabdoviruses, its taxonomic status is unclear because unlike all mononegaviruses, OFV has a segmented genome and its particles are not enveloped. This article analyses the available biological, physico-chemical, and nucleotide sequence evidence that seems to indicate that OFV and several other Brevipalpus mite-transmitted short bacilliform (-)ssRNA viruses are likely related and may be classified taxonomically in novel species in a new free-floating genus dichorhavirus.
Archives of Virology, 2014 Mar;159(3):607-19. doi: 10.1007/s00705-013-1834-0. Epub 2013 Oct 1. PMID 24081823

Gutiérrez D, Adriaenssens EM, Martínez B, Rodríguez A, Lavigne R, Kropinski AM, García P.
To date, most members of the Siphoviridae family of bacteriophages remain unclassified, including the 46 staphylococcal phages for which the complete genome sequences have been deposited in public databases. Comparative nucleotide and protein sequence analysis, in addition to available data on phage morphology, allowed us to propose three new phage genera within the family Siphoviridae: “3alikevirus”, “77likevirus” and “Phietalikevirus”, which include related phages infecting Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. However, six phages infecting S. aureus, Staphylococcus pasteuri, Staphylococcus hominis and Staphylococcus capitis strains remain to be classified (orphan phages). Overall, the former phages share morphological features and genome organization. The three groups have conserved domains containing peptidoglycan hydrolytic activities clearly identified as part of tape measure proteins (“3alikevirus” and “77likevirus”) or as individual virionassociated proteins (“Phietalikevirus”). In addition, bacteriophages belonging to the genus “3alikevirus” share closely related DNA-processing and packaging proteins, while bacteriophages included in the genus “Phietalikevirus” encode specific tail proteins for host interaction. These properties are considered distinctive for these genera. Orphan phages seem to have a more divergent organization, but they share some properties with members of these proposed genera.
Archives of Virology, 2014 Feb;159(2):389-98.. PMID 24022640.

Javed MA, Ackermann HW, Azeredo J, Carvalho CM, Connerton I, Evoy S, Hammerl JA, Hertwig S, Lavigne R, Singh A, Szymanski CM, Timms A, Kropinski AM.
Most Campylobacter bacteriophages isolated to date have long contractile tails and belong to the family Myoviridae. Based on their morphology, genome size and endonuclease restriction profile, Campylobacter phages were originally divided into three groups. The recent genome sequencing of seven virulent campylophages reveal further details of the relationships between these phages at the genome organization level. This article details the morphological and genomic features among the campylophages, investigates their taxonomic position, and proposes the creation of two new genera, the “Cp220likevirus” and “Cp8unalikevirus” within a proposed subfamily, the “Eucampyvirinae”
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Kuhn JH, Bekal S, Caì Y, Clawson AN, Domier LL, Herrel M, Jahrling PB, Kondo H, Lambert KN, Mihindukulasuriya KA, Nowotny N, Radoshitzky SR, Schneider U, Staeheli P, Suzuki N, Tesh RB, Wang D, Wang LF, Dietzgen RG.
Nyamanini virus (NYMV) and Midway virus (MIDWV) are unclassified tick-borne agents that infect land birds and seabirds, respectively. The recent molecular characterization of both viruses confirmed their already known close serological relationship and revealed them to be nonsegmented, single- and negative-stranded RNA viruses that are clearly related to, but quite distinct from, members of the order Mononegavirales (bornaviruses, filoviruses, paramyxoviruses, and rhabdoviruses). A third agent, soybean cyst nematode virus 1 (SbCNV-1, previously named soybean cyst nematode nyavirus), was recently found to be an additional member of this new virus group. Here, we review the current knowledge about all three viruses and propose classifying them as members of a new mononegaviral family, Nyamiviridae.
Archives of Virology, October 2013, Volume 158, Issue 10, pp 2209-2226. PMID 23636404

The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) is responsible for the classification of viruses
into taxa. Importantly, the ICTV is currently not responsible for the nomenclature of viruses or their
subclassification into strains, lineages, or genotypes. ICTV rules for classification of viruses and
nomenclature of taxa are laid out in a code, the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature
(ICVCN). The most recent version of the Code makes it difficult for the unfamiliar reader to distinguish
between viruses and taxa, thereby often giving the impression that certain Rules apply to viruses. Here,
Code text changes are proposed to address this problem.
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The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) organizes the classification of viruses into
taxa, but is not responsible for the nomenclature for taxa members. International experts groups, such as
the ICTV Study Groups, recommend the classification and naming of viruses and their strains, variants,
and isolates. The ICTV Filoviridae Study Group has recently introduced an updated classification and
nomenclature for filoviruses. Subsequently, and together with numerous other filovirus experts, a
consistent nomenclature for their natural genetic variants and isolates was developed that aims at
simplifying the retrieval of sequence data from electronic databases. This is a first important step
toward a viral genome annotation standard as sought by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information
(NCBI). Here, this work is extended to include filoviruses obtained in the laboratory by artificial
selection through passage in laboratory hosts. The previously developed template for natural filovirus
genetic variant naming (<virus name> <isolation host-suffix>/<country of sampling>/
<year of sampling>/<genetic variant designation>-<isolate designation>) is retained, but
it is proposed to adapt the type of information added to each field for laboratory animal-adapted variants.
For instance, the full-length designation of an Ebola virus Mayinga variant adapted at the State Research
Center for Virology and Biotechnology �Vector� to cause disease in guinea pigs after seven passages would
be akin to �Ebola virus VECTOR/C.porcellus-lab/COD/1976/Mayinga-GPA-P7�. As was proposed for the names of
natural filovirus variants, we suggest using the full-length designation in databases, as well as in the
method section of publications. Shortened designations (such as �EBOV VECTOR/C.por/COD/76/May-GPA-P7�)
and abbreviations (such as �EBOV/May-GPA-P7�) could be used in the remainder of the text depending on
how critical it is to convey information contained in the full-length name. �EBOV� would suffice if
only one EBOV strain/variant/isolate is addressed.
Archives of Virology, June 2013, Volume 158, Issue 6, pp 1425-1432

Recent advances in the ease with which the genomes of small circular single-stranded DNA viruses can be
amplified, cloned, and sequenced have greatly accelerated the rate at which full genome sequences of
mastreviruses (family Geminiviridae, genus Mastrevirus) are being deposited in public sequence
databases. Although guidelines currently exist for species-level classification of newly determined, complete
mastrevirus genome sequences, these are difficult to apply to large sequence datasets and are permissive
enough that, effectively, a high degree of leeway exists for the proposal of new species and strains. The
lack of a standardised and rigorous method for testing whether a new genome sequence deserves such a
classification is resulting in increasing numbers of questionable mastrevirus species proposals. Importantly,
the recommended sequence alignment and pairwise identity calculation protocols of the current guidelines could
easily be modified to make the classification of newly determined mastrevirus genome sequences significantly
more objective. Here, we propose modified versions of these protocols that should substantially minimise the
degree of classification inconsistency that is permissible under the current system. To facilitate the
objective application of these guidelines for mastrevirus species demarcation, we additionally present a
user-friendly computer program, SDT (species demarcation tool), for calculating and graphically displaying
pairwise genome identity scores. We apply SDT to the 939 full genome sequences of mastreviruses that were
publically available in May 2012, and based on the distribution of pairwise identity scores yielded by our
protocol, we propose mastrevirus species and strain demarcation thresholds of >78 % and >94 % identity,
Archives of Virology, June 2013, Volume 158, Issue 6, pp 1411-1424

The Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has recently decided to
modify the current definition of virus species (Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature Rule 3.21) and
will soon ask the full ICTV membership (189 voting members) to ratify the proposed controversial change.
In this discussion paper, 14 senior virologists, including six Life members of the ICTV, compare the present
and proposed new definition and recommend that the existing definition of virus species should be retained.
Since the pros and cons of the proposal posted on the ICTV website are not widely consulted, the arguments
are summarized here in order to reach a wider audience.
Archives of Virology, May 2013, Volume 158, Issue 5, pp 1115-1119

The family “Marseilleviridae” is a new proposed taxon for giant viruses that infect amoebae. Its first member,
Acanthamoeba polyphaga marseillevirus (APMaV), was isolated in 2007 by culturing on amoebae a water sample
collected from a cooling tower in Paris, France. APMaV has an icosahedral shape with a diameter of ≈250 nm.
Its genome is a double-stranded circular DNA that is 368,454 base pairs (bp) in length. The genome has a GC
content of 44.7 % and is predicted to encode 457 proteins. Phylogenetic reconstructions showed that APMaV
belongs to a new viral family among nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses, a group of viruses that also includes
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) and the other members of the family Mimiviridae as well
as the members of the families Poxviridae, Phycodnaviridae, Iridoviridae, Ascoviridae,
and Asfarviridae. In 2011, Acanthamoeba castellanii lausannevirus (ACLaV), another close relative
of APMaV, was isolated from river water in France. The ACLaV genome is 346,754 bp in size and encodes 450 genes,
among which 320 have an APMaV protein as the closest homolog. Two other giant viruses closely related to
APMaV and ACLaV have been recovered in our laboratory from a freshwater sample and a human stool sample using an
amoebal co-culture method. The only currently identified hosts for �marseilleviruses� are Acanthamoeba spp.
The prevalence of these viruses in the environment and in animals and humans remains to be determined.
Archives of Virology, April 2013, Volume 158, Issue 4, pp 915-920

The task of international expert groups is to recommend the classification and naming of viruses. The
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses Filoviridae Study Group and other experts have
recently established an almost consistent classification and nomenclature for filoviruses.
Here, further guidelines are suggested to include their natural genetic variants. First, this term is
defined. Second, a template for full-length virus names
(such as �Ebola virus H.sapiens-tc/COD/1995/Kikwit-9510621�) is proposed. These names contain information
on the identity of the virus (e.g., Ebola virus), isolation host (e.g., members of the species Homo sapiens),
sampling location (e.g., Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD)), sampling year, genetic variant (e.g., Kikwit),
and isolate (e.g., 9510621). Suffixes are proposed for individual names that clarify whether a given genetic
variant has been characterized based on passage zero material (-wt), has been passaged in tissue/cell culture
(-tc), is known from consensus sequence fragments only (-frag), or does (most likely) not exist anymore (-hist).
We suggest that these comprehensive names are to be used specifically in the methods section of publications.
Suitable abbreviations, also proposed here, could then be used throughout the text, while the full names could
be used again in phylograms, tables, or figures if the contained information aids the interpretation of
presented data. The proposed system is very similar to the well-known influenzavirus nomenclature and the
nomenclature recently proposed for rotaviruses. If applied consistently, it would considerably simplify
retrieval of sequence data from electronic databases and be a first important step toward a viral genome
annotation standard as sought by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Furthermore,
adoption of this nomenclature would increase the general understanding of filovirus-related publications
and presentations and improve figures such as phylograms, alignments, and diagrams. Most importantly, it
would counter the increasing confusion in genetic variant naming due to the identification of ever more
sequences through technological breakthroughs in high-throughput sequencing and environmental sampling.
Archives of Virology, January 2013, Volume 158, Issue 1, pp 301-311

It is proposed to delete Rule 3.41 of the International Code of Virus
Classification and Nomenclature, which requires the name of a virus taxon to precede the term for the
taxonomic unit.
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We suggest a bacteriophage genus, �Viunalikevirus�, as a new genus within the
family Myoviridae. To date, this genus includes seven sequenced members: Salmonella phages ViI,
SFP10 and FSH19; Escherichia phages CBA120 and PhaxI; Shigella phage phiSboM-AG3; and
Dickeya phage LIMEstone1. Their shared myovirus morphology, with comparable head sizes and tail dimensions,
and genome organization are considered distinguishing features. They appear to have conserved regulatory
sequences, a horizontally acquired tRNA set and the probable substitution of an alternate base for thymine
in the DNA. A close examination of the tail spike region in the DNA revealed four distinct tail spike proteins,
an arrangement which might lead to the umbrella-like structures of the tails visible on electron micrographs.
These properties set the suggested genus apart from the recently ratified subfamily Tevenvirinae, although
a significant evolutionary relationship can be observed.
Archives of Virology, October 2012, Volume 157, Issue 10, pp 2035-2046

Tepovirus is a new monotypic genus of plant viruses typified by potato virus T (PVT), a virus with
helically constructed filamentous particles that are 640 nm long, previously classified as unassigned
species in the family Betaflexiviridae. Virions have a single-stranded positive-sense polyadenylated
RNA genome that is 6.5 kb in size, and a single type of coat protein with a size of 24 kDa. The viral
genome contains three slightly overlapping ORFs encoding, respectively, the replication-related proteins (ORF1),
a putative movement protein of the 30 K type (ORF2) and the coat protein (ORF3). Its structure and organization
(number and order of genes) resembles that of trichoviruses and of citrus leaf blotch virus (CLBV,
genus Citrivirus) but has a smaller size. Besides potato, the primary host, PVT can experimentally
infect herbaceous hosts by mechanical inoculation. No vector is known, and transmission is through
propagating material (tubers), seeds and pollen. PVT has a number of biological, physical and molecular
properties that differentiate it from betaflexiviruses with a 30K-type movement protein. It is
phylogenetically distant from all these viruses, but least so from grapevine virus A (GVA), the type
member of the genus Vitivirus, with which it groups in trees constructed using the sequences of all
of the genes.
Archives of Virology, August 2012, Volume 157, Issue 8, pp 1629-1633

Recently, two independent surveillance studies in C�te d�Ivoire and Vietnam,
respectively, led to the discovery of two mosquito-borne viruses, Cavally virus and Nam Dinh virus, with genome
and proteome properties typical for viruses of the order Nidovirales. Using a state-of-the-art approach, we
show that the two insect nidoviruses are (i) sufficiently different from other nidoviruses to represent a new
virus family, and (ii) related to each other closely enough to be placed in the same virus species. We propose
to name this new family Mesoniviridae. Meso is derived from the Greek word �mesos� (in English “in the middle”)
and refers to the distinctive genome size of these insect nidoviruses, which is intermediate between that of the
families Arteriviridae and Coronaviridae, while ni is an abbreviation for �nido�.
A taxonomic proposal to establish the new family Mesoniviridae, genus Alphamesonivirus, and species
Alphamesonivirus 1 has been approved for consideration by the Executive Committee of the ICTV.
Archives of Virology, August 2012, Volume 157, Issue 8, pp 1623-1628

Linear viruses with double-stranded DNA genomes are classified into two families, Lipothrixviridae and
Rudiviridae. The members of these two families, all of which infect hyperhermophilic members of the
domain Archaea, differ significantly in the complexity of their virions as well as in their mechanisms of
genome replication. However, recent structural and genomic studies have revealed a robust evolutionary link
between members of the two families. To acknowledge this relationship we propose to unify the two families
into the new taxonomic order “Ligamenvirales”.
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The family Totiviridae includes a number of viruses with monosegmented dsRNA genomes and
isometric virions that infect either fungi or a number of medically important protozoan parasites such as Leishmania and
Giardia . A new genus, Trichomonasvirus , was recently approved for this family. Its name is based on the genus of its
host organism, Trichomonas vaginalis , a protozoan parasite that colonizes the human genitourinary mucosa and is the
most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection in the world. The type species of this new genus is Trichomonas
vaginalis virus 1 . Distinguishing characteristics of the new genus include infection of a human sexually transmitted
parasite, stable mixed infection with more than one distinct Trichomonasvirus species, and sequence-based phylogenetic
divergence that distinguishes it from all other family members.
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The taxonomy of the family Filoviridae (marburgviruses and ebolaviruses) has changed several times since the discovery of its members, resulting in a plethora of species and virus names and abbreviations. The current taxonomy has only been partially accepted by most laboratory virologists. Confusion likely arose for several reasons: species names that consist of several words or which (should) contain diacritical marks, the current orthographic identity of species and virus names, and the similar pronunciation of several virus abbreviations in the absence of guidance for the correct use of vernacular names. To rectify this problem, we suggest (1) to retain the current species names Reston ebolavirus , Sudan ebolavirus , and Zaire ebolavirus , but to replace the name Cote d�Ivoire ebolavirus [sic] with Ta� Forest ebolavirus and Lake Victoria marburgvirus with Marburg marburgvirus ; (2) to revert the virus names of the type marburgviruses and ebolaviruses to those used for decades in the field (Marburg virus instead of Lake Victoria marburgvirus and Ebola virus instead of Zaire ebolavirus); (3) to introduce names for the remaining viruses reminiscent of jargon used by laboratory virologists but nevertheless different from species names (Reston virus, Sudan virus, Ta� Forest virus), and (4) to introduce distinct abbreviations for the individual viruses (RESTV for Reston virus, SUDV for Sudan virus, and TAFV for Ta� Forest virus), while retaining that for Marburg virus (MARV) and reintroducing that used over decades for Ebola virus (EBOV). Paying tribute to developments in the field, we propose (a) to create a new ebolavirus species ( Bundibugyo ebolavirus ) for one member virus (Bundibugyo virus, BDBV); (b) to assign a second virus to the species Marburg marburgvirus (Ravn virus, RAVV) for better reflection of now available high-resolution phylogeny; and (c) to create a new tentative genus ( Cuevavirus ) with one tentative species ( Lloviu cuevavirus ) for the recently discovered Lloviu virus (LLOV). Furthermore, we explain the etymological derivation of individual names, their pronunciation, and their correct use, and we elaborate on demarcation criteria for each taxon and virus.
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Endogenous members of the family Caulimoviridae have now been found in the genomes of many plant species. Although these sequences are usually fragmented and rearranged and show varying degrees of decay, the genomes of the ancestral viruses can often be reassembled in silico , allowing classification within the existing viral taxonomic framework. In this paper, we describe analyses of endogenous members of the family Caulimoviridae in the genomes of Oryza sativa , Nicotiana tabacum and Solanum spp. and on the basis of phylogeny, genome organization and genetic distance within the pol gene, propose two new virus genera called Orendovirus and Solendovirus. A system of nomenclature for endogenous virus sequences in plants is also proposed.
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The new plant virus family Virgaviridae is described. The family is named because its members have rod-shaped virions (from the Latin virga = rod), and it includes the genera Furovirus, Hordeivirus, Pecluvirus, Pomovirus, Tobamovirus and Tobravirus . The chief characteristics of members of the family are presented with phylogenetic analyses of selected genes to support the creation of the family. Species demarcation criteria within the genera are examined and discussed.
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The family Partitiviridae includes plant and fungal viruses with bisegmented dsRNA genomes and isometric virions in which the two genome segments are packaged separately and used as templates for semiconservative transcription by the viral polymerase. A new genus, Cryspovirus , has been approved for this family. Its name is based on that of the host genus, Cryptosporidium , which encompasses several species of apicomplexan parasites that infect a wide range of mammals, birds, and reptiles, and are a major cause of human diarrheal illness worldwide. The type species of the new genus is Cryptosporidium parvum virus 1 . Distinguishing characteristics include infection of a protozoan host, a smaller capsid protein than found in other members of the family Partitiviridae , and sequence-based phylogenetic divergence.
Archives of Virology, Volume 154, Number 12 / December 2009, 1959 – 1965
Abstract:  The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) held its 40th meeting at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 7 to 9, 2008. This was just prior to the XIV International Congress of Virology (ICV), part of the joint meeting organized by the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), also in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 11 to 15, 2008. Most of the EC meeting was concerned with the discussion of taxonomic proposals. This communication reports the principal items of business discussed at the meeting.
Archives of Virology, Volume 154, Number 9 / September 2009, 1571 – 1574
In accordance with the Statutes of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), the final stage in the process of making changes to the Universal Scheme of Virus Classification is the ratification of taxonomic proposals by ICTV Members. This can occur either at a Plenary meeting of ICTV, held during an International Congress of Virology meeting, or by circulation of proposals by mail followed by a ballot. Therefore, a list of proposals that had been subjected to the full, multi-stage review process was prepared and presented on the ICTVonline web pages in March 2008. This review process involved input from the ICTV Study Groups and Subcommittees, other interested virologists, and the ICTV Executive Committee. For the first time, the ratification process was performed entirely by email. The proposals were sent electronically via email on 18 March 2008 to ICTV Life Members (11), ICTV Subcommittee Members (74), and ICTV National Representatives (53).
Archives of Virology, Volume 154, Number 7 / July 2009, 1181 – 1188
Salivary gland hypertrophy viruses (SGHVs) have been identified from different dipteran species, such as the tsetse fly Glossina pallidipes (GpSGHV), the housefly Musca domestica (MdSGHV) and the narcissus bulbfly Merodon equestris (MeSGHV). These viruses share the following characteristics: (i) they produce non-occluded, enveloped, rod-shaped virions that measure 500�1,000 nm in length and 50�100 nm in diameter; (ii) they possess a large circular double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) genome ranging in size from 120 to 190 kbp and having G + C ratios ranging from 28 to 44%; (iii) they cause overt salivary gland hypertrophy (SGH) symptoms in dipteran adults and partial to complete sterility. The available information on the complete genome sequence of GpSGHV and MdSGHV indicates significant co-linearity between the two viral genomes, whereas no co-linearity was observed with baculoviruses, ascoviruses, entomopoxviruses, iridoviruses and nudiviruses, other large invertebrate DNA viruses. The DNA polymerases encoded by the SGHVs are of the type B and closely related, but they are phylogenetically distant from DNA polymerases encoded by other large dsDNA viruses. The great majority of SGHV ORFs could not be assigned by sequence comparison. Phylogenetic analysis of conserved genes clustered both SGHVs, but distantly from the nudiviruses and baculoviruses. On the basis of the available morphological, (patho)biological, genomic and phylogenetic data, we propose that the two viruses are members of a new virus family named Hytrosaviridae. This proposed family currently comprises two unassigned species, G. pallidipes salivary gland hypertrophy virus and M. domestica salivary gland hypertrophy virus, and a tentative unassigned species, M. equestris salivary gland hypertrophy virus. Here, we present the characteristics and the justification for establishing this new virus family.
Archives of Virology, Volume 154, Number 6 / June 2009, 909 – 918
The order Picornavirales includes several plant viruses that are currently classified into the families Comoviridae (genera Comovirus , Fabavirus and Nepovirus ) and Sequiviridae (genera Sequivirus and Waikavirus ) and into the unassigned genera Cheravirus and Sadwavirus . These viruses share properties in common with other picornavirales (particle structure, positive-strand RNA genome with a polyprotein expression strategy, a common replication block including type III helicase, a 3C-like cysteine proteinase and type I RNA-dependent RNA polymerase). However, they also share unique properties that distinguish them from other picornavirales. They infect plants and use specialized proteins or protein domains to move through their host. In phylogenetic analysis based on their replication proteins, these viruses form a separate distinct lineage within the picornavirales branch. To recognize these common properties at the taxonomic level, we propose to create a new family termed �Secoviridae� to include the genera Comovirus , Fabavirus , Nepovirus , Cheravirus , Sadwavirus , Sequivirus and Waikavirus . Two newly discovered plant viruses share common properties with members of the proposed family Secoviridae but have distinct specific genomic organizations. In phylogenetic reconstructions, they form a separate sub-branch within the Secoviridae lineage. We propose to create a new genus termed Torradovirus (type species, Tomato torrado virus) and to assign this genus to the proposed family Secoviridae.
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Abstract:  The family Totiviridae comprises viruses with nonsegmented dsRNA genomes and isometric virions. A new genus, Victorivirus, has been approved for this family, named from the specific epithet of Helminthosporium victoriae, host of the type species, Helminthosporium victoriae virus 190S. Distinguishing characteristics of the 11 viruses so far assigned to this genus include infection of filamentous fungi, an apparently coupled termination�reinitiation mechanism for translating the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase as a separate product from the upstream capsid protein, and sequence-based phylogenetic grouping in a distinct clade from other family members.
Archives of Virology, Volume 154, Number 2 / February 2009, 373 – 379
Abstract:  The taxonomy of herpesviruses has been updated by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). The former family Herpesviridae has been split into three families, which have been incorporated into the new order Herpesvirales. The revised family Herpesviridae retains the mammal, bird and reptile viruses, the new family Alloherpesviridae incorporates the fish and frog viruses, and the new family Malacoherpesviridae contains a bivalve virus. Three new genera have been created in the family Herpesviridae, namely Proboscivirus in the subfamily Betaherpesvirinae and Macavirus and Percavirus in the subfamily Gammaherpesvirinae. These genera have been formed by the transfer of species from established genera and the erection of new species, and other new species have been added to some of the established genera. In addition, the names of some nonhuman primate virus species have been changed. The family Alloherpesviridae has been populated by transfer of the genus Ictalurivirus and addition of the new species Cyprinid herpesvirus 3. The family Malacoherpesviridae incorporates the new genus Ostreavirus containing the new species Ostreid herpesvirus 1.
Archives of Virology, Volume 154, Number 1 / January 2009, 171 – 177
Rotavirus was present in 1,367 of 7,060 stool samples (19.4%) collected in Gyeonggi province of South Korea from 2003 through 2005. The predominant genotypes were confirmed as G4/P2A[6] (19.0%) followed by G3/P1A[8] (15.6%), G2/P1B[4] (9.3%), and G1/P1A[8] (6.5%). The predominant types of rotavirus by year were G3/P[8] in 2003, G4/P[6] in 2004, and G1/P[8] in 2005. The prevalent rotavirus genotypes changed constantly from 2003 to 2005.
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Abstract:  Recently, a classification system was proposed for rotaviruses in which all the 11 genomic RNA segments are used (Matthijnssens et al. in J Virol 82:3204�3219, 2008). Based on nucleotide identity cut-off percentages, different genotypes were defined for each genome segment. A nomenclature for the comparison of complete rotavirus genomes was considered in which the notations Gx-P[x]-Ix-Rx-Cx-Mx-Ax-Nx-Tx-Ex-Hx are used for the VP7-VP4-VP6-VP1-VP2-VP3-NSP1-NSP2-NSP3-NSP4-NSP5/6 encoding genes, respectively. This classification system is an extension of the previously applied genotype-based system which made use of the rotavirus gene segments encoding VP4, VP7, VP6, and NSP4. In order to assign rotavirus strains to one of the established genotypes or a new genotype, a standard procedure is proposed in this report. As more human and animal rotavirus genomes will be completely sequenced, new genotypes for each of the 11 gene segments may be identified. A Rotavirus Classification Working Group (RCWG) including specialists in molecular virology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, and public health was formed, which can assist in the appropriate delineation of new genotypes, thus avoiding duplications and helping minimize errors. Scientists discovering a potentially new rotavirus genotype for any of the 11 gene segments are invited to send the novel sequence to the RCWG, where the sequence will be analyzed, and a new nomenclature will be advised as appropriate. The RCWG will update the list of classified strains regularly and make this accessible on a website. Close collaboration with the Study Group Reoviridae of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses will be maintained.
Archives of Virology, Volume 153, Number 8 / August 2008, 1621 – 1629
Abstract:  An infectious cDNA clone of a Norwegian isolate of Poinsettia mosaic virus (PnMV) was generated. It consisted of 6,098 nucleotides and encoded a polyprotein of 219.5 kDa. Sequence comparisons indicated that this isolate shared 98.6% (nucleotide) and 97.1% (amino acid) identity with the previously sequenced isolate from Germany. RNA transcripts derived from this cDNA were infectious in Nicotiana benthamiana. However, plants did not present typical PnMV symptoms. Furthermore, RNA transcripts from this cDNA clone were not infectious in poinsettia. Serial propagation of this cDNA clone in N. benthamiana plants restored symptom induction in this host but did not re-establish infectivity in poinsettia.
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Abstract:  The existence of infectious agents smaller than bacteria was demonstrated already during the 1890s. After this discovery it took more than 50 years before a resilient definition of viruses could be given. There were separate developments of knowledge concerning plant viruses, bacterial viruses and animal viruses. In the mid-1930s, Wendell Stanley at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research at Princeton described the purification and crystallization of tobacco mosaic virus. The finding of an �infectious protein� led to him receiving a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946. In studies initiated at the end of the 1930s, bacteriophages were used as a model for replicating genes. They led to important insights into the unique characteristics of virus-cell interactions. However, an understanding of the chemical nature of animal virus particles and their mode of replication was slow in coming. Not until the early 1950s did tissue culture techniques become available, which allowed studies also of an extended number of animal viruses. This article discusses the emergence of concepts which eventually allowed a description of viruses. The unique real-time analyses of the state of knowledge provided by the Nobel Prize archives were used in the investigation. These archives remain secret for 50 years. Besides all of the underlying documents of the Prize to Stanley, comprehensive investigations made in the mid 1950s of Seymour E. Cohen, Max Delbr�ck, Alfred D. Hershey and Salvador D. Luria (the latter three received a Prize in Medicine in 1969) and of Andr� Lwoff (he shared a Prize in Medicine with Francois Jacob and Jaques Monod in 1965) were reviewed. The final phase of the evolution of our understanding of the virus concept closely paralleled the eventual insight into the chemical nature of the genetic material. Understanding the principle nature of barriers to the development of new concepts is of timeless value for fostering and facilitating new discoveries in science.
Archives of Virology, Volume 153, Number 6 / June 2008, 1109 – 1123
Abstract:  This study constitutes the first evaluation and application of quantitative taxonomy to the family Caulimoviridae and the first in-depth phylogenetic study of the family Caulimoviridae that integrates the common origin between LTR retrotransposons and caulimoviruses. The phylogenetic trees and PASC analyses derived from the full genome and from the corresponding partial RT concurred, providing strong support for the current genus classification based mainly on genome organisation and use of partial RT sequence as a molecular marker. The PASC distributions obtained are multimodal, making it possible to distinguish between genus, species and strain. The taxonomy of badnaviruses infecting banana (Musa spp.) was clarified, and the consequence of endogenous badnaviruses on the genetic diversity and evolution of caulimoviruses is discussed. The use of LTR retrotransposons as outgroups reveals a structured bipolar topology separating the genus Badnavirus from the other genera. Badnaviruses appear to be the most recent genus, with the genus Tungrovirus in an intermediary position. This structuring intersects the one established by genomic and biological properties and allows us to make a correlation between phylogeny and biogeography. The variability shown between members of the family Caulimoviridae is in a similiar range to that reported within other DNA and RNA plant virus families.
Archives of Virology, Volume 153, Number 6 / June 2008, 1085 – 1102
Abstract:  Geminivirus taxonomy and nomenclature is growing in complexity with the number of genomic sequences deposited in sequence databases. Taxonomic and nomenclatural updates are published at regular intervals (Fauquet et al. in Arch Virol 145:1743�1761, 2000, Arch Virol 148:405�421, 2003). A system to standardize virus names, and corresponding guidelines, has been proposed (Fauquet et al. in Arch Virol 145:1743�1761, 2000). This system is now followed by a large number of geminivirologists in the world, making geminivirus nomenclature more transparent and useful. In 2003, due to difficulties inherent in species identification, the ICTV Geminiviridae Study Group proposed new species demarcation criteria, the most important of which being an 89% nucleotide (nt) identity threshold between full-length DNA-A component nucleotide sequences for begomovirus species. This threshold has been utilised since with general satisfaction. More recently, an article has been published to clarify the terminology used to describe virus entities below the species level [5]. The present publication is proposing demarcation criteria and guidelines to classify and name geminiviruses below the species level. Using the Clustal V algorithm (DNAStar MegAlign software), the distribution of pairwise sequence comparisons, for pairs of sequences below the species taxonomic level, identified two peaks: one at 85�94% nt identity that is proposed to correspond to �strain� comparisons and one at 92�100% identity that corresponds to �variant� comparisons. Guidelines for descriptors for each of these levels are proposed to standardize nomenclature under the species level. In this publication we review the status of geminivirus species and strain demarcation as well as providing updated isolate descriptors for a total of 672 begomovirus isolates. As a consequence, we have revised the status of some virus isolates to classify them as �strains�, whereas several others previously classified as �strains� have been upgraded to �species�. In all other respects, the classification system has remained robust, and we therefore propose to continue using it. An updated list of all geminivirus isolates and a phylogenetic tree with one representative isolate per species are provided.
Archives of Virology, Volume 153, Number 4 / April 2008, 783 – 821
Abstract:  The symptom-modulating, single-stranded DNA satellites (known as DNA-�) associated with begomoviruses (family Geminiviridae) have proven to be widespread and important components of a large number of plant diseases across the Old World. Since they were first identified in 2000, over 260 full-length sequences (~1,360 nucleotides) have been deposited with databases, and this number increases daily. This has highlighted the need for a standardised, concise and unambiguous nomenclature for these components, as well as a meaningful and robust classification system. Pairwise comparisons of all available full-length DNA-� sequences indicate that the minimum numbers of pairs occur at a sequence identity of 78%, which we propose as the species demarcation threshold for a distinct DNA-�. This threshold value divides the presently known DNA-� sequences into 51 distinct satellite species. In addition, we propose a naming convention for the satellites that is based upon the system already in use for geminiviruses. This maintains, whenever possible, the association with the helper begomovirus, the disease symptoms and the host plant and provides a logical and consistent system for referring to already recognised and newly identified satellites.
Archives of Virology, Volume 153, Number 4 / April 2008, 763 – 781
Abstract:  Despite the apparent natural grouping of �picorna-like� viruses, the taxonomical significance of this putative �supergroup� was never addressed adequately. We recently proposed to the ICTV that an order should be created and named Picornavirales, to include viruses infecting eukaryotes that share similar properties: (i) a positive-sense RNA genome, usually with a 5′-bound VPg and 3′-polyadenylated, (ii) genome translation into autoproteolytically processed polyprotein(s), (iii) capsid proteins organized in a module containing three related jelly-roll domains which form small icosahedral, non-enveloped particles with a pseudo-T = 3 symmetry, and (iv) a three-domain module containing a superfamily III helicase, a (cysteine) proteinase with a chymotrypsin-like fold and an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. According to the above criteria, the order Picornavirales includes the families Picornaviridae, Comoviridae, Dicistroviridae, Marnaviridae, Sequiviridae and the unassigned genera Cheravirus, Iflavirus and Sadwavirus. Other taxa of �picorna-like� viruses, e.g. Potyviridae, Caliciviridae, Hypoviridae, do not conform to several of the above criteria and are more remotely related: therefore they are not being proposed as members of the new order. Newly described viruses, not yet assigned to an existing taxon by ICTV, may belong to the proposed order.
Archives of Virology, Volume 153, Number 4 / April 2008, 715 – 727


Summary  The genus Nepovirus (family Comoviridae) was known both for a good level of homogeneity and for the presence of atypical members. In particular, the atypical members of the genus differed by the number of capsid protein (CP) subunits. While typical nepoviruses have a single CP subunit with three structural domains, atypical nepoviruses have either three small CP subunits, probably corresponding to the three individual domains, or a large and a small subunit, probably containing two and one structural domains, respectively. These differences are corroborated by hierarchical clustering based on sequences derived from both genomic RNAs. Therefore, these atypical viruses are now classified in two distinct genera, Cheravirus (three CP subunits; type species Cherry rasp leaf virus) and Sadwavirus (two CP subunits; type species Satsuma dwarf virus).
Archives of Virology, Volume 152, Number 9 / September 2007, 1767 – 1774
Archives of Virology, Volume 152, Number 3 / March 2007, 649 – 653


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Archives of Virology, Volume 151, Number 12 / December 2006, 2547 – 2548
Summary:   We propose that the formal definition of a virus species by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) should be broadened by removing the restrictive word �polythetic� from the current definition, so that any characters can be used to define species. This change will bring the definition of virus species into line with the species definitions of cellular organisms and broaden the range of characters available for describing virus species.
Archives of Virology, Volume 151, Number 7 / July 2006, 1419 – 1422
Summary:   Recent evidence from genome sequence analyses demands a substantial revision of the taxonomy and classification of the family Baculoviridae. Comparisons of 29 baculovirus genomes indicated that baculovirus phylogeny followed the classification of the hosts more closely than morphological traits that have previously been used for classification of this virus family. On this basis, dipteran- and hymenopteran-specific nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPV) should be separated from lepidopteran-specific NPVs and accommodated into different genera. We propose a new classification and nomenclature for the genera within the baculovirus family. According to this proposal the updated classification should include four genera: Alphabaculovirus (lepidopteran-specific NPV), Betabaculovirus (lepidopteran-specific Granuloviruses), Gammabaculovirus (hymenopteran-specific NPV) and Deltabaculovirus (dipteran-specific NPV).
Archives of Virology, Volume 151, Number 7 / July 2006, 1257 – 1266
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Archives of Virology, Volume 151, Number 6 / June 2006, 1249 – 1250
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Archives of Virology, Volume 151, Number 2 / February 2006, 413 – 422


Summary: Geminivirus taxonomy and nomenclature is increasing in complexity with time, and the growing number of geminivirus sequences deposited in gene banks requires regular taxonomic updates and calls for new descriptors to identify virus isolates unambiguously. Fauquet et al. [1] proposed a system to standardize the names of the viruses, and corresponding guidelines have been followed since, rendering nomenclature much easier. Recently, due to difficulties inherent in species identification, the ICTV Geminiviridae Study Group proposed new species demarcation criteria, the most important of which being an 89% identity threshold between complete DNA-A component nucleotide sequences of begomoviruses. This threshold has been utilised since with general satisfaction. In this paper, we review the status of geminivirus species demarcation and nomenclature for a total of 389 isolates. A small number of corrections have been made to comply with the adopted demarcation criteria but otherwise the classification system has remained robust and therefore we propose to continue using it. However, the large numbers of geminivirus sequences that have become available have led us to recognize the need for a better description of virus isolates. The pairwise comparison distribution below the taxonomic level of species identified two peaks, one at 90�91% identity that may correspond to �strains� and one at 96�98% identity that may correspond to �variants�. Guidelines for descriptors for each of these levels are proposed to standardize nomenclature. As a consequence, we have revisited the status of some virus isolates to elevate them to �strains�. An updated list of all geminivirus isolates currently available is provided.
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 10 / October 2005, 2151 – 2179
Obituary: In Memoriam Patricia Ann Webb (1925-2005)
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 6 / June 2005, 1268 – 1270
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 5 / May 2005, 1045 – 1046
Obituary: In Memoriam Jean Cohen (1941-2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 4 / April 2005, 840 – 840
Obituary: In Memoriam William C. Reeves (1916-2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 4 / April 2005, 841 – 843
ICTV Meetings at the International Congress of Virology, San Francisco
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 4 / April 2005, 844 – 844
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 3 / March 2005, 629 – 635
Obituary: In Memoriam Guido Boccardo (1944�2002)
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 2 / February 2005, 412 – 413
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 2 / February 2005, 407 – 411
Obituary: In Memoriam Fred Brown (1925�2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 1 / January 2005, 199 – 200
Archives of Virology, Volume 150, Number 1 / January 2005, 189 – 198


Obituary: In Memoriam Peter Hans Hofschneider (1929�2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 12 / December 2004, 2473 – 2474
Obituary: In Memoriam Michael Patrick Kiley (1942�2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 7 / July 2004, 1467 – 1468
Obituary: In Memoriam Jordi Casals-Ariet (1911�2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 6 / June 2004, 1264 – 1266
Report from the 33rd Meeting of the ICTV Executive Committee
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 6 / June 2004, 1259 – 1263
Obituary: In Memoriam Robert Ellis Shope (1929�2004)
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 5 / May 2004, 1061 – 1066
Summary: The new plant virus family Flexiviridae is described. The family is named because its members have flexuous virions and it includes the existing genera Allexivirus, Capillovirus, Carlavirus, Foveavirus, Potexvirus, Trichovirus and Vitivirus, plus the new genus Mandarivirus together with some related viruses not assigned to any genus. The family is justified from phylogenetic analyses of the polymerase and coat protein (CP) sequences. To help to define suitable molecular criteria for demarcation of species, a complete set of pairwise comparisons was made using the nucleotide (nt) and amino acid (aa) sequences of each fully-sequenced gene from every available accession in the family. Based on the distributions and on inspection of the data, it was concluded that, as a general rule, distinct species have less than ca. 72% identical nt or 80% identical aa between their entire CP or replication protein genes.
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 5 / May 2004, 1045 – 1060
ICTV Executive Committee meeting
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 3 / March 2004, 652 – 652


Obituary: In Memoriam David Christopher Kelly CMG (1944�2003)
Archives of Virology, Volume 149, Number 1 / August 2003, 211 – 213
Viruses are real, virus species are man-made, taxonomic constructions
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 12 / December 2003, 2481 – 2488
Obituary: In Memoriam Rudolf Rott (1926�2003)
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 12 / January 2003, 2489 – 2491
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 8 / August 2003, 1645 – 1653
Obituary: In Memoriam Harold S. Ginsberg (1917-2003)
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 8 / August 2003, 1655 – 1657
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 6 / May 2003, 1235 – 1246
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 3 / February 2003, 612 – 612
Obituary: In Memoriam Yasuhiro Hosaka (1931-2002)
Archives of Virology, Volume 148, Number 1 / January 2003, 207 – 208


Obituary: In Memoriam Andreas Scheid (1941-2001)
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 12 / November 2002, 2473 – 2474
  The revised International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature [7] followed by the Seventh Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) [9] have generated a lot of criticism [2,4�6]. The main causes of criticism are (i) use of monomials instead of non-latinized binomials, as has been practice for some time in the past, e.g., tobacco mosaic tobamovirus, tobacco ringspot nepovirus etc. (ii) in toto italicization of official virus names. Following the expression of different views among virologists on this issue, it is being debated and an opportunity has been provided for reconsideration of the revised ICTV code [1,8,10]. This note attempts to analyse the existing critisms being raised and justifies the continuation of the present ICTV code.
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 11 / October 2002, 2251 – 2253
Summary:    Recently obtained molecular and biological information has prompted the revision of the taxonomic structure of the family Closteroviridae. In particular, mealybug-transmitted species have been separated from the genus Closterovirus and accommodated in a new genus named Ampelovirus (from ampelos, Greek for grapevine). Thus, the family now comprises three genera. Their major properties are (i) Closterovirus: type species Beet yellows virus, genome monopartite, 15.5�19.3?kb in size, a 22�25 kDa major coat protein (CP), the gene encoding the divergent CP analogue (CPd) upstream of the CP cistron, transmission by aphids, a membership of 8 definitive and 4 tentative species; (ii) Ampelo-virus: type species Grapevine leafroll virus 3, genome monopartite 16.9�19.5?kb in size, a 35�37?kDa major CP, a CPd cistron generally located downstream of the CP gene, transmission by pseudococcid and coccid mealybugs, a membership of 6 definitive and 5 tentative species; (iii) Crinivirus: type species Lettuce infectious yellows virus, genome essentially bipartite 15.3�19?kb in size, a 28�33?kDa CP, a CPd cistron downstream of the CP gene, transmission by whiteflies (Bemisia, Trialeurodes), a membership of 7 definitive and 3 tentative species. There are five unassigned species in the family.
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 10 / September 2002, 2039 – 2044
Summary:    Maculavirus is a new genus of plant viruses typified by Grapevine fleck virus (GFkV). A possible second member is Grapevine redglobe virus (GRGV). Maculaviruses are phloem-limited non-mechanically transmissible viruses with isometric particles c. 30 nm in diameter that have a rounded contour and prominent surface structure. Vectors, if any, are unknown. GFkV preparations contain two centrifugal components, T made up of empty protein shells and B, which contains 35% RNA. The coat protein (CP) has a molecular mass of 24 kDa. The genome is a single-stranded RNA that has c. 50% cytosine residues. It is 7564 nt in size, excluding the poly(A) tail and contains four putative open reading frames (ORF) that encode a 215.4 kDa polypeptide with the conserved motifs of replication-associated proteins of positive-strand RNA viruses (ORF1), the CP (ORF2), and one (GRGV) or two (GFkV) proline-rich polyproteins of 31.4 kDa (ORF3) and 15.9 kDa (ORF4), respectively, with unknown function. Replication-associated proteins and CP are phylogenetically related to those of members of the genera Tymovirus and Marafivirus. GFkV-infected grapevine cells contain vesiculated mitochondria, the possible site of RNA replication. In the natural host, GFkV particles accumulate in great quantity, sometimes in crystalline arrays in phloem cells.
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 9 / September 2002, 1847 – 1853
Summary:   The family Tymoviridae comprises the genus Tymovirus, from which it derives its name, the genus Marafivirus and the newly established genus Maculavirus. Members of the family share the following characteristics: (i) non-enveloped isometric particles c. 30 um in diameter, with a rounded contour and prominent surface structures, and clustering of coat protein subunits in pentamers and hexamers; (ii) the presence in preparations of purified virus particles of two centrifugal components, made up of non-infectious protein shells (T) that may contain small amounts of RNA (primarily subgenomic coat protein mRNA) and of infectious nucleoproteins (B), that contain the virus genome; (iii) possession of a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA genome with an unusually high cytidine content (32 to c. 50%), capped at the 5′ terminus and containing a very large ORF encodes replication-related proteins analogous to those of other taxa of the “alpha-like” supergroup of ssRNA viruses; (iv) a replication strategy possibly encompassing posttranslational proteolytic cleavage of the polypeptide encoded by ORF1 by a papain-like virus-encoded protease, and coat protein expression via a subgenomic RNA; (v) the presence in infected cells of cytopathic structures, thought to be the sites of RNA replication, originating from severely altered chloroplasts and/or mitochondria, the periphery of which is lined with vesicles produced by the localized invaginations of the bounding membrane. There are 23, 4, and 2 known species in the genera Tymovirus, Marafivirus and Maculavirus, respectively. The genus Marafivirus also contains one tentative species.
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 9 / September 2002, 1837 – 1846
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 8 / August 2002, 1655 – 1656
Obituary: In Memoriam Don Summers (1934-2001)
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 8 / August 2002, 1662 – 1663
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 7 / July 2002, 1471 – 1477
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 7 / July 2002, 1465 – 1470
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 7 / July 2002, 1463 – 1464
ICTV Plenary Session
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 7 / July 2002, 1462 – 1462
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 6 / June 2002, 1271 – 1274
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 5 / May 2002, 1071 – 1076
Obituary: In Memoriam Robert R. Wagner (1923-2001)
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 4 / April 2002, 871 – 873
The American Herpes Foundation Research Awards – Presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 2 / February 2002, 445 – 445
Obituary: In Memoriam Fred Rapp (1929-2001)
Archives of Virology, Volume 147, Number 1 / January 2002, 225 – 227


Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 12 / December 2001, 2493 – 2495
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 11 / November 2001, 2255 – 2261
Fifth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, Baltimore, Maryland, May 6-8, 2002
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 10 / October 2001, 2053 – 2053
International Course on Laboratory Animal Science, May 27 – June 7, 2002, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 8 / August 2001, 1641 – 1641
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 8 / August 2001, 1637 – 1640
Fifth International Conference of the Hospital Infection Society, 15-18 September 2002, Edinburgh, U.K.
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 6 / June 2001, 1239 – 1239
Obituary: In Memoriam Pekka Eljas Halonen (1927-2001)
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 5 / May 2001, 1047 – 1050
Obituary: In Memoriam Joseph Louis Melnick (1914-2001)
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 3 / March 2001, 629 – 631
Archives of Virology, Volume 146, Number 1 / January 2001, 189 – 194


Archives of Virology, Volume 145, Number 9 / September 2000, 1985 – 1988


(The Statutes of the ICTV printed below were revised at a Meeting of the Executive Committee of the ICTV at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA, in April 1955, and were ratified subsequently by postal ballot of the full membership of the ICTV. A further revision of the Statutes is in progress and after ratification any amendment will be published in Virology Division News and in the 7th Report of the ICTV, prior to the International Congress of Virology in Sydney in August 1999).  
Archives of Virology, Volume 143, Number 5 / April 1998, 1035 – 1040


Archives of Virology, Volume 133, Number 3 / September 1993, 491 – 498
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Archives of Virology, Volume 124, Number 3 / September 1992, 397 – 398