Are chlorella viruses a rich source of ion channel genes?

Ming Kang, Anna Moroni, Sabrina Gazzarrini, James L. Van Etten

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Plaque-forming dsDNA (>330 kb) viruses that infect certain unicellular, eukaryotic chlorella-like green algae contain ∼375 protein-encoding genes. These proteins include a 94 amino acid K+ channel protein, called Kcv, as well as two putative ligand-gated ion channels. The viruses also encode other proteins that could be involved in the assembly and/or function of ion channels, including protein kinases and a phosphatase, polyamine biosynthetic enzymes and histamine decarboxylase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 18 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Chlorella virus
  • K channel
  • Kcv
  • Ligand-gated channel
  • PBCV-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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