Iridoviruses, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 108

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School of Ocean, Yantai University, Yantai 264005, China
Interests: iridovirus; anti-viral immune responses of teleost; innate immunity; host-virus interaction
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Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Interests: viral phylodynamics; epidemiology; diagnostics; taxonomy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Iridoviruses are large, icosahedral viruses with double-stranded DNA genomes ranging in size from 103 to 220 kbp that infect a diverse array of invertebrates and cold-blooded (ectothermic) vertebrates. Currently, the complete genomic sequences of more than 40 iridoviruses are available. The current International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) report classifies members of the family Iridoviridae into two subfamilies: Alphairidovirinae and Betairidovirinae. The former comprises three genera (Ranavirus, Megalocytivirus, and Lymphocystivirus), which mainly infect ectothermic vertebrates, as does the latter (Iridovirus, Chloriridovirus, and Decapodiridovirus), whose members infect primarily invertebrates. Among these genera, ranaviruses and megalocytiviruses are significant pathogens affecting vertebrates, leading to high levels of mortality in commercially and ecologically important fish and amphibians. Recently emerged Decapodiridoviruses have demonstrated a detrimental impact on crustaceans and have thus received increasing attention. This Special Issue aims to publish all types of manuscripts (i.e., reviews, research articles, and short communications) covering a wide range of topics related to iridoviruses, including, but not limited to: the biology of iridoviruses, the pathogenesis of iridoviruses, virus-host interactions, immune responses to iridoviruses, the identification of new species and/or new iridovirus variants, and iridoviruses-based vaccines.

Prof. Dr. Jian Zhang
Dr. Thomas Waltzek
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  • iridovirus
  • viral immune evasion
  • anti-viral immune responses
  • viral vaccine
  • viral pathogenesis
  • viral epidemiology

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