Discovery and biological characteristics of Mimivirus

Sumpor, Danijel (2010) Discovery and biological characteristics of Mimivirus. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Discovery of Mimivirus (Acanthamoeba polyfaga mimivirus, APMV), the first discovered giant virus and a representative of the family Mimiviridae, aroused great interest of scientists to study the features, functions, and the origin of large viruses. Although they have all principal features of viruses, Mimiviruses differ primarily in size of the virion and genome. Mimiviruses genomes are comparable with the genomes of some cellular organisms, namely, small intracellular bacteria. They essentially differ only in the absence ribosomal proteins and certain proteins involved in the energy conversion processes. Further studies are focused on determining which organisms exactly Mimiviruses infect and a number of different hosts increases every day. It is also quite probable that APMV represents one of the atypical pneumonia agents in humans. Still, much research is needed in order to fully understand the biology of these viruses, their origin and evolution, as well as their role in the global ecosystem.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Škorić, Dijana
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 11
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 09:29
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2014 09:29
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2929

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