Deltavirus


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Deltavirus

 [del´tah-vi″rus]
a genus of satellite viruses that require helperhepatitis B viruses for their replication. It contains a single species, hepatitis D virus.

Deltavirus

[del′təvī′rəs]
Etymology: hepatitis delta + virus
a genus of satellite viruses that require a helper hepatitis B virus for their replication. An individual consists of spherical virion 35-37 nanometers in diameter with an envelope derived from the helper virus surrounding a spherical core 18 nm in diameter; the genome consists of a single molecule of single-stranded, negative-sense, circular RNA (size 1.7 kb). It contains a single species, hepatitis D virus. See also hepatitis D.
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Thus, we define an eighth major clade among the Deltavirus genus.
In conclusion, the Deltavirus genus includes at least 8 major clades, with specific geographic distribution.
Molecular phylogenetic analyses indicate a wide and ancient radiation of African hepatitis delta virus, suggesting a deltavirus genus of at least seven major clades.