Notes on Family: Caulimoviridae

bacilliform or icosahedra

Contents

Members of this Family
General Description
Morphology
Genome
Genera in the Family
All Known Sequences
Curated Sequences

General Description

This family includes all the plant viruses with double-stranded DNA genomes. In current virus classification, these are not considered true dsDNA viruses as they replicate using an RNA intermediate and are therefore grouped with the other reverse-transcribing viruses.

Morphology

Virions not enveloped, bacilliform (30 x 60-900 nm) or isometric (45-50 nm in diameter).

Genome

Monopartite, open circular, double stranded DNA of 7000-8200 base pairs with discontinuities in both strands: one in the transcribed strand and one to three in the non-transcribed strand. There are from one to several open reading frames on the transcribed strand.

Genera in the Family