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Changes in population dynamics in mutualistic versus pathogenic viruses.

Abstract

Although generally regarded as pathogens, viruses can also be mutualists. A number of examples of extreme mutualism (i.e., symbiogenesis) have been well studied. Other examples of mutualism are less common, but this is likely because viruses have rarely been thought of as having any beneficial effects on their hosts. The effect of mutualism on the population dynamics of viruses is a topic that has not been addressed experimentally. However, the potential for understanding mutualism and how a virus might become a mutualist may be elucidated by understanding these dynamics.

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    Viruses 3:1 2011 Jan pg 12-9

    MeSH

    Animals
    Bacteria
    Bacteriophages
    Fungi
    Humans
    Insects
    Mammals
    Plants
    RNA Nucleotidyltransferases
    Symbiosis
    Virus Physiological Phenomena
    Viruses

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    21994724

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Changes in population dynamics in mutualistic versus pathogenic viruses. A1 - Roossinck,Marilyn J, Y1 - 2011/01/17/ PY - 2010/12/17/received PY - 2010/12/31/revised PY - 2011/1/6/accepted PY - 2011/1/17/epublish PY - 2011/10/14/entrez PY - 2011/10/14/pubmed PY - 2012/4/3/medline KW - beneficial viruses KW - polymerase fidelity KW - quasispecies KW - symbiogenesis KW - symbiosis SP - 12 EP - 9 JF - Viruses JO - Viruses VL - 3 IS - 1 N2 - Although generally regarded as pathogens, viruses can also be mutualists. A number of examples of extreme mutualism (i.e., symbiogenesis) have been well studied. Other examples of mutualism are less common, but this is likely because viruses have rarely been thought of as having any beneficial effects on their hosts. The effect of mutualism on the population dynamics of viruses is a topic that has not been addressed experimentally. However, the potential for understanding mutualism and how a virus might become a mutualist may be elucidated by understanding these dynamics. SN - 1999-4915 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21994724/abstract/Changes_in_population_dynamics_in_mutualistic_versus_pathogenic_viruses_ L2 - http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4915/3/1/12 ER -