Characteristics of the organism and its antigens

General features

The caliciviruses (Table 1) comprise a monogeneric family of 34 nm, nonenveloped viruses (Figure 1) with characteristic morphology; the surface is covered with cup-shaped depressions (L. calix, cup). In some caliciviruses (insect, rabbit) smooth particles are formed, possibly by partial proteolysis. These lack surface projections and are composed of smaller proteins. The calicivirus genome is single-stranded, positive-sense RNA and genes are arranged in two basic patterns.

36 hr igM

120 hr

36 hr

72 hr

120 hr

64 Kd

41 Kd

72 hr

Table 1 Probable and confirmed caliciviruses

Virus

Serotypes

Infection

San Miguel sea lion

16 or more

Vesicular

virus

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