Viruses of Fungi Capable of Replication in Bacteria (PB Viruses)

  • T. I. Tikchonenko
Part of the Comprehensive Virology book series (CV, volume 12)


The discovery of DNA-containing bacteriophages in species of Penicillium happened by mere chance and in a laboratory quite skeptical of the possibility that viruses might be common to both prokaryotes (bacteria) and eukaryotes (fungi). Nevertheless, we have repeatedly demonstrated in fungi the presence of phages capable of replication in bacteria. These Penicillium-derived bacterial viruses or PB viruses were discovered as a byproduct of our interest in obtaining large quantities of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) from fungi shown earlier to contain dsRNA mycophages (for review, see Lemke and Nash, 1974; Lemke, 1976). This interest, however, proved to be the first stone of an avalanche in our Institute of Virology, an institute which traditionally had studied the biochemistry and biophysics of conventional host-specific bacteriophages and which was not initially prepared to cope with or to interpret the events that followed.


Virus Genome Infectious Virus Fungal Genome Endosymbiotic Bacterium Fungal Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. I. Tikchonenko
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  1. 1.D. I. Ivanovsky Institute of Virology of the USSR AMSChair of Virology of the Moscow State UniversityMoscowUSSR

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