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A puzzling anomaly in the 4-mer composition of the giant pandoravirus genomes reveals a stringent new evolutionary selection process.

Poirot O, Jeudy S, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

J Virol. 2019 Sep 18. pii: JVI.01206-19. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01206-19. [Epub ahead of print]


Complex Membrane Remodeling during Virion Assembly of the 30,000-Year-Old Mollivirus Sibericum.

Quemin ER, Corroyer-Dulmont S, Baskaran A, Penard E, Gazi AD, Christo-Foroux E, Walther P, Abergel C, Krijnse-Locker J.

J Virol. 2019 Jun 14;93(13). pii: e00388-19. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00388-19. Print 2019 Jul 1.


Pandoravirus Celtis Illustrates the Microevolution Processes at Work in the Giant Pandoraviridae Genomes.

Legendre M, Alempic JM, Philippe N, Lartigue A, Jeudy S, Poirot O, Ta NT, Nin S, Couté Y, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Front Microbiol. 2019 Mar 8;10:430. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00430. eCollection 2019.


[Giant viruses that create their own genes].

Claverie JM, Abergel C, Legendre M.

Med Sci (Paris). 2018 Dec;34(12):1087-1091. doi: 10.1051/medsci/2018300. Epub 2019 Jan 9. Review. French.


Mimiviridae: An Expanding Family of Highly Diverse Large dsDNA Viruses Infecting a Wide Phylogenetic Range of Aquatic Eukaryotes.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Viruses. 2018 Sep 18;10(9). pii: E506. doi: 10.3390/v10090506. Review.


Unexpected invasion of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements in viral genomes.

Zhang HH, Zhou QZ, Wang PL, Xiong XM, Luchetti A, Raoult D, Levasseur A, Santini S, Abergel C, Legendre M, Drezen JM, Béliveau C, Cusson M, Jiang SH, Bao HO, Sun C, Bureau TE, Cheng PF, Han MJ, Zhang Z, Zhang XG, Dai FY.

Mob DNA. 2018 Jun 18;9:19. doi: 10.1186/s13100-018-0125-4. eCollection 2018.


Diversity and evolution of the emerging Pandoraviridae family.

Legendre M, Fabre E, Poirot O, Jeudy S, Lartigue A, Alempic JM, Beucher L, Philippe N, Bertaux L, Christo-Foroux E, Labadie K, Couté Y, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Nat Commun. 2018 Jun 11;9(1):2285. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04698-4.


Cryo-EM structure of a Marseilleviridae virus particle reveals a large internal microassembly.

Okamoto K, Miyazaki N, Reddy HKN, Hantke MF, Maia FRNC, Larsson DSD, Abergel C, Claverie JM, Hajdu J, Murata K, Svenda M.

Virology. 2018 Mar;516:239-245. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2018.01.021.


Structural variability and complexity of the giant Pithovirus sibericum particle revealed by high-voltage electron cryo-tomography and energy-filtered electron cryo-microscopy.

Okamoto K, Miyazaki N, Song C, Maia FRNC, Reddy HKN, Abergel C, Claverie JM, Hajdu J, Svenda M, Murata K.

Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 16;7(1):13291. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13390-4.


Noumeavirus replication relies on a transient remote control of the host nucleus.

Fabre E, Jeudy S, Santini S, Legendre M, Trauchessec M, Couté Y, Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Nat Commun. 2017 Apr 21;8:15087. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15087.


The rare sugar N-acetylated viosamine is a major component of Mimivirus fibers.

Piacente F, De Castro C, Jeudy S, Gaglianone M, Laugieri ME, Notaro A, Salis A, Damonte G, Abergel C, Tonetti MG.

J Biol Chem. 2017 May 5;292(18):7385-7394. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M117.783217. Epub 2017 Mar 17.


[Giant viruses: update, enigmas, controversies and perspectives].

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Med Sci (Paris). 2016 Dec;32(12):1087-1096. doi: 10.1051/medsci/20163212012. Epub 2017 Jan 3. Review. French.


Single-shot diffraction data from the Mimivirus particle using an X-ray free-electron laser.

Ekeberg T, Svenda M, Seibert MM, Abergel C, Maia FR, Seltzer V, DePonte DP, Aquila A, Andreasson J, Iwan B, Jönsson O, Westphal D, Odić D, Andersson I, Barty A, Liang M, Martin AV, Gumprecht L, Fleckenstein H, Bajt S, Barthelmess M, Coppola N, Claverie JM, Loh ND, Bostedt C, Bozek JD, Krzywinski J, Messerschmidt M, Bogan MJ, Hampton CY, Sierra RG, Frank M, Shoeman RL, Lomb L, Foucar L, Epp SW, Rolles D, Rudenko A, Hartmann R, Hartmann A, Kimmel N, Holl P, Weidenspointner G, Rudek B, Erk B, Kassemeyer S, Schlichting I, Strüder L, Ullrich J, Schmidt C, Krasniqi F, Hauser G, Reich C, Soltau H, Schorb S, Hirsemann H, Wunderer C, Graafsma H, Chapman H, Hajdu J.

Sci Data. 2016 Aug 1;3:160060. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.60.


CRISPR-Cas-like system in giant viruses: why MIMIVIRE is not likely to be an adaptive immune system.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Virol Sin. 2016 Jun;31(3):193-6. doi: 10.1007/s12250-016-3801-x. No abstract available.


Giant viruses: The difficult breaking of multiple epistemological barriers.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2016 Oct;59:89-99. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2016.02.015. Epub 2016 Mar 10.


Complete Genome Sequence of a New Member of the Marseilleviridae Recovered from the Brackish Submarine Spring in the Cassis Port-Miou Calanque, France.

Doutre G, Arfib B, Rochette P, Claverie JM, Bonin P, Abergel C.

Genome Announc. 2015 Nov 25;3(6). pii: e01148-15. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01148-15.


The rapidly expanding universe of giant viruses: Mimivirus, Pandoravirus, Pithovirus and Mollivirus.

Abergel C, Legendre M, Claverie JM.

FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2015 Nov;39(6):779-96. doi: 10.1093/femsre/fuv037. Epub 2015 Sep 20. Review.


In-depth study of Mollivirus sibericum, a new 30,000-y-old giant virus infecting Acanthamoeba.

Legendre M, Lartigue A, Bertaux L, Jeudy S, Bartoli J, Lescot M, Alempic JM, Ramus C, Bruley C, Labadie K, Shmakova L, Rivkina E, Couté Y, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Sep 22;112(38):E5327-35. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510795112. Epub 2015 Sep 8.


Three-dimensional reconstruction of the giant mimivirus particle with an x-ray free-electron laser.

Ekeberg T, Svenda M, Abergel C, Maia FR, Seltzer V, Claverie JM, Hantke M, Jönsson O, Nettelblad C, van der Schot G, Liang M, DePonte DP, Barty A, Seibert MM, Iwan B, Andersson I, Loh ND, Martin AV, Chapman H, Bostedt C, Bozek JD, Ferguson KR, Krzywinski J, Epp SW, Rolles D, Rudenko A, Hartmann R, Kimmel N, Hajdu J.

Phys Rev Lett. 2015 Mar 6;114(9):098102. Epub 2015 Mar 2.


mRNA maturation in giant viruses: variation on a theme.

Priet S, Lartigue A, Debart F, Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Apr 20;43(7):3776-88. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv224. Epub 2015 Mar 16.


The megavirus chilensis Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase: the first viral structure of a typical cellular copper chaperone-independent hyperstable dimeric enzyme.

Lartigue A, Burlat B, Coutard B, Chaspoul F, Claverie JM, Abergel C.

J Virol. 2015 Jan;89(1):824-32. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02588-14. Epub 2014 Oct 29.


Genome analysis of the first Marseilleviridae representative from Australia indicates that most of its genes contribute to virus fitness.

Doutre G, Philippe N, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

J Virol. 2014 Dec;88(24):14340-9. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02414-14. Epub 2014 Oct 1.


From extraordinary endocytobionts to pandoraviruses. Comment on Scheid et al.: Some secrets are revealed: parasitic keratitis amoebae as vectors of the scarcely described pandoraviruses to humans.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Parasitol Res. 2015 Apr;114(4):1625-7. doi: 10.1007/s00436-014-4079-2. Epub 2014 Aug 19. No abstract available.


Giant virus Megavirus chilensis encodes the biosynthetic pathway for uncommon acetamido sugars.

Piacente F, De Castro C, Jeudy S, Molinaro A, Salis A, Damonte G, Bernardi C, Abergel C, Tonetti MG.

J Biol Chem. 2014 Aug 29;289(35):24428-39. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.588947. Epub 2014 Jul 17.


A complement to the modern crystallographer's toolbox: caged gadolinium complexes with versatile binding modes.

Stelter M, Molina R, Jeudy S, Kahn R, Abergel C, Hermoso JA.

Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2014 Jun;70(Pt 6):1506-16. doi: 10.1107/S1399004714005483. Epub 2014 May 23.


[Pithovirus sibericum: awakening of a giant virus of more than 30,000 years].

Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Med Sci (Paris). 2014 Mar;30(3):329-31. doi: 10.1051/medsci/20143003022. Epub 2014 Mar 31. French. No abstract available.


Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology.

Legendre M, Bartoli J, Shmakova L, Jeudy S, Labadie K, Adrait A, Lescot M, Poirot O, Bertaux L, Bruley C, Couté Y, Rivkina E, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 18;111(11):4274-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1320670111. Epub 2014 Mar 3.


Molecular replacement: tricks and treats.

Abergel C.

Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2013 Nov;69(Pt 11):2167-73. doi: 10.1107/S0907444913015291. Epub 2013 Oct 12. Review.


Characterization of a UDP-N-acetylglucosamine biosynthetic pathway encoded by the giant DNA virus Mimivirus.

Piacente F, Bernardi C, Marin M, Blanc G, Abergel C, Tonetti MG.

Glycobiology. 2014 Jan;24(1):51-61. doi: 10.1093/glycob/cwt089. Epub 2013 Oct 9.


Pandoraviruses: amoeba viruses with genomes up to 2.5 Mb reaching that of parasitic eukaryotes.

Philippe N, Legendre M, Doutre G, Couté Y, Poirot O, Lescot M, Arslan D, Seltzer V, Bertaux L, Bruley C, Garin J, Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Science. 2013 Jul 19;341(6143):281-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1239181. Erratum in: Science. 2013 Sep 27;341(6153):1452.


Genome of Phaeocystis globosa virus PgV-16T highlights the common ancestry of the largest known DNA viruses infecting eukaryotes.

Santini S, Jeudy S, Bartoli J, Poirot O, Lescot M, Abergel C, Barbe V, Wommack KE, Noordeloos AA, Brussaard CP, Claverie JM.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 25;110(26):10800-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1303251110. Epub 2013 Jun 10.


Open questions about giant viruses.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Adv Virus Res. 2013;85:25-56. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-408116-1.00002-1.


Preliminary crystallographic analysis of a polyadenylate synthase from Megavirus.

Lartigue A, Jeudy S, Bertaux L, Abergel C.

Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 2013 Jan 1;69(Pt 1):53-6. doi: 10.1107/S1744309112048257. Epub 2012 Dec 20.


Translation in giant viruses: a unique mixture of bacterial and eukaryotic termination schemes.

Jeudy S, Abergel C, Claverie JM, Legendre M.

PLoS Genet. 2012;8(12):e1003122. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003122. Epub 2012 Dec 13.


Preliminary crystallographic analysis of the Megavirus superoxide dismutase.

Lartigue A, Philippe N, Jeudy S, Abergel C.

Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 2012 Dec 1;68(Pt 12):1557-9. doi: 10.1107/S174430911204657X. Epub 2012 Nov 28.


Genomics of Megavirus and the elusive fourth domain of Life.

Legendre M, Arslan D, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Commun Integr Biol. 2012 Jan 1;5(1):102-6.


Giant DNA virus mimivirus encodes pathway for biosynthesis of unusual sugar 4-amino-4,6-dideoxy-D-glucose (Viosamine).

Piacente F, Marin M, Molinaro A, De Castro C, Seltzer V, Salis A, Damonte G, Bernardi C, Claverie JM, Abergel C, Tonetti M.

J Biol Chem. 2012 Jan 27;287(5):3009-18. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.314559. Epub 2011 Dec 8.


Distant Mimivirus relative with a larger genome highlights the fundamental features of Megaviridae.

Arslan D, Legendre M, Seltzer V, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Oct 18;108(42):17486-91. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1110889108. Epub 2011 Oct 10.


Unsupervised classification of single-particle X-ray diffraction snapshots by spectral clustering.

Yoon CH, Schwander P, Abergel C, Andersson I, Andreasson J, Aquila A, Bajt S, Barthelmess M, Barty A, Bogan MJ, Bostedt C, Bozek J, Chapman HN, Claverie JM, Coppola N, DePonte DP, Ekeberg T, Epp SW, Erk B, Fleckenstein H, Foucar L, Graafsma H, Gumprecht L, Hajdu J, Hampton CY, Hartmann A, Hartmann E, Hartmann R, Hauser G, Hirsemann H, Holl P, Kassemeyer S, Kimmel N, Kiskinova M, Liang M, Loh NT, Lomb L, Maia FR, Martin AV, Nass K, Pedersoli E, Reich C, Rolles D, Rudek B, Rudenko A, Schlichting I, Schulz J, Seibert M, Seltzer V, Shoeman RL, Sierra RG, Soltau H, Starodub D, Steinbrener J, Stier G, Strüder L, Svenda M, Ullrich J, Weidenspointner G, White TA, Wunderer C, Ourmazd A.

Opt Express. 2011 Aug 15;19(17):16542-9. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.016542.


Preliminary crystallographic analysis of a possible transcription factor encoded by the mimivirus L544 gene.

Ciaccafava A, Lartigue A, Mansuelle P, Jeudy S, Abergel C.

Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 2011 Aug 1;67(Pt 8):922-5. doi: 10.1107/S1744309111020847. Epub 2011 Jul 20.


The conserved Candida albicans CA3427 gene product defines a new family of proteins exhibiting the generic periplasmic binding protein structural fold.

Santini S, Claverie JM, Mouz N, Rousselle T, Maza C, Monchois V, Abergel C.

PLoS One. 2011 Apr 11;6(4):e18528. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018528.


Breaking the 1000-gene barrier for Mimivirus using ultra-deep genome and transcriptome sequencing.

Legendre M, Santini S, Rico A, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Virol J. 2011 Mar 4;8:99. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-8-99.


Single mimivirus particles intercepted and imaged with an X-ray laser.

Seibert MM, Ekeberg T, Maia FR, Svenda M, Andreasson J, Jönsson O, Odić D, Iwan B, Rocker A, Westphal D, Hantke M, DePonte DP, Barty A, Schulz J, Gumprecht L, Coppola N, Aquila A, Liang M, White TA, Martin A, Caleman C, Stern S, Abergel C, Seltzer V, Claverie JM, Bostedt C, Bozek JD, Boutet S, Miahnahri AA, Messerschmidt M, Krzywinski J, Williams G, Hodgson KO, Bogan MJ, Hampton CY, Sierra RG, Starodub D, Andersson I, Bajt S, Barthelmess M, Spence JC, Fromme P, Weierstall U, Kirian R, Hunter M, Doak RB, Marchesini S, Hau-Riege SP, Frank M, Shoeman RL, Lomb L, Epp SW, Hartmann R, Rolles D, Rudenko A, Schmidt C, Foucar L, Kimmel N, Holl P, Rudek B, Erk B, Hömke A, Reich C, Pietschner D, Weidenspointner G, Strüder L, Hauser G, Gorke H, Ullrich J, Schlichting I, Herrmann S, Schaller G, Schopper F, Soltau H, Kühnel KU, Andritschke R, Schröter CD, Krasniqi F, Bott M, Schorb S, Rupp D, Adolph M, Gorkhover T, Hirsemann H, Potdevin G, Graafsma H, Nilsson B, Chapman HN, Hajdu J.

Nature. 2011 Feb 3;470(7332):78-81. doi: 10.1038/nature09748.


The mimivirus R355 gene product: preliminary crystallographic analysis of a putative ubiquitin-like protein-specific protease.

Jeudy S, Lartigue A, Mansuelle P, Ogata Y, Abergel C.

Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 2011 Jan 1;67(Pt 1):169-72. doi: 10.1107/S1744309110050785. Epub 2010 Dec 24.


Mimivirus: the emerging paradox of quasi-autonomous viruses.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Trends Genet. 2010 Oct;26(10):431-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2010.07.003. Epub 2010 Aug 7.


Identification of an L-rhamnose synthetic pathway in two nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses.

Parakkottil Chothi M, Duncan GA, Armirotti A, Abergel C, Gurnon JR, Van Etten JL, Bernardi C, Damonte G, Tonetti M.

J Virol. 2010 Sep;84(17):8829-38. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00770-10. Epub 2010 Jun 10.


Macromolecular crystal data phased by negative-stained electron-microscopy reconstructions.

Trapani S, Schoehn G, Navaza J, Abergel C.

Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2010 May;66(Pt 5):514-21. doi: 10.1107/S0907444910002763. Epub 2010 Apr 21.


mRNA deep sequencing reveals 75 new genes and a complex transcriptional landscape in Mimivirus.

Legendre M, Audic S, Poirot O, Hingamp P, Seltzer V, Byrne D, Lartigue A, Lescot M, Bernadac A, Poulain J, Abergel C, Claverie JM.

Genome Res. 2010 May;20(5):664-74. doi: 10.1101/gr.102582.109. Epub 2010 Apr 1.


Mimivirus and its virophage.

Claverie JM, Abergel C.

Annu Rev Genet. 2009;43:49-66. doi: 10.1146/annurev-genet-102108-134255. Review.


Mimivirus and Mimiviridae: giant viruses with an increasing number of potential hosts, including corals and sponges.

Claverie JM, Grzela R, Lartigue A, Bernadac A, Nitsche S, Vacelet J, Ogata H, Abergel C.

J Invertebr Pathol. 2009 Jul;101(3):172-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2009.03.011. Epub 2009 May 18.


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