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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2019

ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Polycipiviridae

Olendraite, Ingrida; Brown, Katherine; Valles, Steven M.; Firth, Andrew E.; Chen, Yanping; Guerin, Diego M. A.; Hashimoto, Yoshifumi; Herrero, Salvador; de Miranda, Joachim R.; Ryabov, Eugene; Lefkowitz, Elliot J.; Davison, Andrew J.; Siddell, Stuart G.; Simmonds, Peter; Sabanadzovic, Sead; Smith, Donald B.; Orton, Richard J.; Knowles, Nick J.


Polycipiviridae is a family of picorna-like viruses with non-segmented, linear, positive-sense RNA genomes of approximately 10-12 kb. Unusually for viruses within the order Picornavirales, their genomes are polycistronic, with four (or more) consecutive 5' -proximal open reading frames (ORFs) encoding structural (and possibly other) proteins and a long 3' ORF encoding the replication polyprotein. Members of species within the family have all been detected in ants or via arthropod transcriptomic datasets. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the Polycipiviridae, which is available at


Polycipiviridae; ICTV Report; taxonomy

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Journal of General Virology
2019, Volume: 100, number: 4, pages: 554-555

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