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Virology. A virus that infects a hyperthermophile encapsidates A-form DNA

Abstract : Extremophiles, microorganisms thriving in extreme environmental conditions, must have proteins and nucleic acids that are stable at extremes of temperature and pH. The nonenveloped, rod-shaped virus SIRV2 (Sulfolobus islandicus rod-shaped virus 2) infects the hyperthermophilic acidophile Sulfolobus islandicus, which lives at 80°C and pH 3. We have used cryo-electron microscopy to generate a three-dimensional reconstruction of the SIRV2 virion at ~4 angstrom resolution, which revealed a previously unknown form of virion organization. Although almost half of the capsid protein is unstructured in solution, this unstructured region folds in the virion into a single extended α helix that wraps around the DNA. The DNA is entirely in the A-form, which suggests a common mechanism with bacterial spores for protecting DNA in the most adverse environments.
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Frank Dimaio, Xiong Yu, Elena Rensen, Mart Krupovic, David Prangishvili, et al.. Virology. A virus that infects a hyperthermophile encapsidates A-form DNA. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015, 348 (6237), pp.914-917. ⟨10.1126/science.aaa4181⟩. ⟨pasteur-01977386⟩

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