Author(s): Tang J, Ochoa WF, Sinkovits RS, Poulos BT, Ghabrial SA,
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Abstract Infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNV) is an emerging pathogen of penaeid shrimp in global aquaculture. Tentatively assigned to family Totiviridae, it has a nonsegmented dsRNA genome of 7,560 bp and an isometric capsid of the 901-aa major capsid protein. We used electron cryomicroscopy and 3D image reconstruction to examine the IMNV virion at 8.0-A resolution. Results reveal a totivirus-like, 120-subunit T = 1 capsid, 450 A in diameter, but with fiber complexes protruding a further 80 A at the fivefold axes. These protrusions likely mediate roles in the extracellular transmission and pathogenesis of IMNV, capabilities not shared by most other totiviruses. The IMNV structure is also notable in that the genome is centrally organized in five or six concentric shells. Within each of these shells, the densities alternate between a dodecahedral frame that connects the threefold axes vs. concentration around the fivefold axes, implying certain regularities in the RNA packing scheme.
This article was published in Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research