Journal article

CALICIVIRIDAE

FL SCHAFFER, HL BACHRACH, F BROWN, JH GILLESPIE, JN BURROUGHS, SH MADIN, CR MADELEY, RC POVEY, F SCOTT, AW SMITH, MJ STUDDERT

Intervirology | KARGER | Published : 1980

Abstract

The caliciviruses, as a proposed family Caliciviridae, have a distinct virion morphology with cup-shaped depressions on a spherical capsid surface. The viruses have single-stranded RNA, which has a molecular weight about 2.6 x 10(6) and is infectious. The RNA is covalently linked to a small protein. A single major polypeptide is found in the capsid. A subgenomic RNA, molecular weight about 1 x 10(6), coding for the capsid polypeptide is found in infected cells. Caliciviruses infecting swine, pinnipeds and cats have been characterized. Viruses which are morphologically identical to the known caliciviruses have been identified in human feces; these viruses have been shown to be associated with..

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