Archives of Virology

, 153:715

Picornavirales, a proposed order of positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses with a pseudo-T = 3 virion architecture

  • Olivier Le Gall
  • Peter Christian
  • Claude M. Fauquet
  • Andrew M. Q. King
  • Nick J. Knowles
  • Nobuhiko Nakashima
  • Glyn Stanway
  • Alexander E. Gorbalenya
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00705-008-0041-x

Cite this article as:
Le Gall, O., Christian, P., Fauquet, C.M. et al. Arch Virol (2008) 153: 715. doi:10.1007/s00705-008-0041-x

Abstract

Despite the apparent natural grouping of “picorna-like” viruses, the taxonomical significance of this putative “supergroup” was never addressed adequately. We recently proposed to the ICTV that an order should be created and named Picornavirales, to include viruses infecting eukaryotes that share similar properties: (i) a positive-sense RNA genome, usually with a 5′-bound VPg and 3′-polyadenylated, (ii) genome translation into autoproteolytically processed polyprotein(s), (iii) capsid proteins organized in a module containing three related jelly-roll domains which form small icosahedral, non-enveloped particles with a pseudo-T = 3 symmetry, and (iv) a three-domain module containing a superfamily III helicase, a (cysteine) proteinase with a chymotrypsin-like fold and an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. According to the above criteria, the order Picornavirales includes the families Picornaviridae, Comoviridae, Dicistroviridae, Marnaviridae, Sequiviridae and the unassigned genera Cheravirus, Iflavirus and Sadwavirus. Other taxa of “picorna-like” viruses, e.g. Potyviridae, Caliciviridae, Hypoviridae, do not conform to several of the above criteria and are more remotely related: therefore they are not being proposed as members of the new order. Newly described viruses, not yet assigned to an existing taxon by ICTV, may belong to the proposed order.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Le Gall
    • 1
  • Peter Christian
    • 2
  • Claude M. Fauquet
    • 3
  • Andrew M. Q. King
    • 4
  • Nick J. Knowles
    • 4
  • Nobuhiko Nakashima
    • 5
  • Glyn Stanway
    • 6
  • Alexander E. Gorbalenya
    • 7
  1. 1.UMR GDPP INRA Univ. Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2INRAVillenave d’Ornon CedexFrance
  2. 2.National Institute for Biological Standards and ControlHertsUK
  3. 3.ILTAB, Danforth Plant Science CenterSt LouisUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Animal HealthPirbrightUK
  5. 5.National Institute of Agrobiological SciencesTsukubaJapan
  6. 6.University of EssexColchesterUK
  7. 7.Department of Medical MicrobiologyLeiden University Medical CenterLeidenThe Netherlands