Years later, the discovery of a few viruses resembling Mimivirus
led researchers to believe that all giant viruses might belong to a single family.
, Megavirus has hair-like structures, or fibrils, on the exterior of its shell, or capsid, that probably attract unsuspecting amoebas looking to prey on bacteria displaying similar features.
5 per cent larger than the DNA code of the Mimivirus
The recent discovery that the virus factory of Mimivirus
can be infected by another virus (Sputnik) has also been taken as an argument in favor of the living nature of viruses (La Scola et al.
Se estima que 20-50% de las neumonias son de etiologia desconocida, y posiblemente una buena proporcion de estos casos son causados por mimivirus
(Raoult et al.
Ahora, el descubrimiento de los llamados mimivirus
que son parasitos del protozoo Acanthamoeba polyphaga puede forzar una nueva revision del concepto, porque el marco teorico tradicional no permite su insercion.
1) reporting the failure to detect mimivirus
(Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus
) in patients with acute respiratory symptoms was flawed in 2 ways.
Megavirus (shown) and Mimivirus
look alike, both bearing hairlike extensions and a five-pronged gate through which the viruses expel genetic material into a host.
The pathogen's genome contains approximately 730,000 base pairs making it the largest known marine virus, and the second largest known virus, after the fresh water-borne Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus
, which weighs in at 1.
Los agentes etiologicos relacionados con dichos cuadros son el Virus Sincicial Respiratorio (VSR), Parainfluenza, Adenovirus, Rinovirus, Enterovirus, Coronavirus y los mas recientemente identificados Metapneumovirus, Bocavirus y Mimivirus