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Title: Siphoviridae  
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Subject: Chart of Viruses and Characteristics, Psimunalikevirus, Bacteriophage T5, Caudovirales, Lambda phage
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Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Order: Caudovirales
Family: Siphoviridae
  • Styloviridae[1]

Siphoviridae is a family of double-stranded DNA viruses in the order Caudovirales. Bacteria and archeabacteria serve as natural hosts. There are currently 313 species in this family, divided among 47 genera.[2][3] The characteristic structural features of this family are a nonenveloped head and noncontractile tail.


  • Structure 1
  • Life Cycle 2
  • Taxonomy 3
    • Proposed genera 3.1
    • Unclassified 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Viruses in Siphoviridae are non-enveloped, with icosahedral and head-tail geometries[2] (morphotype B1) or a prolate capsid (morphotype B2), and T=7 symmetry. The diameter is around 60 nm.[2] Members of this family are also characterized by their filamentous, cross-banded, noncontractile tails, usually with short terminal and subterminal fibers. Genomes are double stranded and linear, around 50kb in length,[2] containing about 70 genes. The guanine/cytosine content is usually around 52%.

Life Cycle

Viral replication is cytoplasmic. Entry into the host cell is achieved by adsorption into the host cell. Replication follows the replicative transposition model. DNA-templated transcription is the method of transcription. Translation takes place by -1 ribosomal frameshifting, and +1 ribosomal frameshifting. The virus exits the host cell by lysis, and holin/endolysin/spanin proteins.[2] Bacteria and archeabacteria serve as the natural host. Transmission routes are passive diffusion.[2]


Group: dsDNA


Proposed genera

Electron micrographs of siphovirus from P. acnes. Phages were negatively stained and subjected to transmission electron microscopy. The phages have a head of approximately 55 nm in diameter, loaded with genetic material. Their tails have a size of 150 × 10 nm and are flexible and non-contractile. In the lower micrograph, PAD25 is adhering to bacterial cell debris, and two phages have lost their heads. All phages were classified as Siphoviruses based on their morphology.[4]

The organisation of genes in the genera L5likevirus, Lambdalikevirus, Phic3unalikevirus, and Psimunalikevirus and the proposed genera Sfi2likevirus, Sfi1likevirus, Sk1likevirus, and Tm4likevirus suggests that these may form a lambda supergroup (or subfamily).[5]

The following genera have been proposed but are not currently ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses:[6][7][8][9][10][11]

  • Genus Cba39unalikevirus; type species: Cellulophaga phage phi39:1
    • Species:
      • Cellulophaga phage phi39:1
  • Genus Cba46unalikevirus; type species: Cellulophaga phage phi46:1
    • Species:
      • Cellulophaga phage phi46:1
  • Genus Cba18unalikevirus; type species: Cellulophaga phage phi18:1
    • Species:
      • Cellulophaga phage phi18:1
      • Cellulophaga phage phi12:1
      • Cellulophaga phage phi12:3
      • Cellulophaga phage phi17:1
      • Cellulophaga phage phi18:2
  • Genus Cba10unalikevirus; type species: Cellulophaga phage phi10:1
    • Species:
      • Cellulophaga phage phi10:1
      • Cellulophaga phage phi19:1
  • Genus Cba13unalikevirus; type species: Cellulophaga phage phi13:1
    • Species:
      • Cellulophaga phage phi13:1
      • Cellulophaga phage phi19:2
      • Cellulophaga phage phiST
  • Genus Jk06likevirus; type species: Escherichia phage Jk06
    • Species
      • Escherichia phage Eb49
      • Escherichia phage Jk06
      • Escherichia phage Rogue1
      • Escherichia phage AHP24
      • Escherichia phage AHS24
      • Escherichia phage AHP42
      • Escherichia phage AKS96
      • Enterobacteria phage phiJLA23
      • Enterobacteria phage phiKP26
  • Genus Kp36likevirus; type species: Klebsiella phage KP36
    • Species
      • Enterobacter phage F20
      • Klebsiella phage KP36
  • Genus R1tlikevirus; type species: Lactococcus phage r1t
    • Species
      • Lactococcus phage r1t
  • Genus Rtplikevirus; type species: Escherichia phage Rtp
    • Species
      • Escherichia phage Rtp
      • Enterobacteria phage vB_EcoS_ACG-M12
  • Genus Tlslikevirus; type species: Escherichia phage Tls
    • Species
      • Escherichia phage Tls
      • Salmonella phage FSL SP-126


In addition to the above viruses, many members of Siphoviridae have been grouped into an unclassified group with no genus assignment.[12] This group includes numerous phages known to infect Lactobacillus, Mycobacterium, Streptococcus, and other bacteria.


  1. ^ Safferman, R.S.; Cannon, R.E.; Desjardins, P.R.; Gromov, B.V.; Haselkorn, R.; Sherman, L.A.; Shilo, M. "Classification and Nomenclature of Viruses of Cyanobacteria". Intervirology 19 (2): 61–66.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Viral Zone". ExPASy. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b ICTV. "Virus Taxonomy: 2014 Release". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Lood R, Mörgelin M, Holmberg A, Rasmussen M, Collin M (2008). "Inducible Siphoviruses in superficial and deep tissue isolates of Propionibacterium acnes". BMC Microbiol. 8: 139.  
  5. ^ Brüssow H, Desiere F (2001). "Comparative phage genomics and the evolution of Siphoviridae: insights from dairy phages". Mol Microbiol 39 (2): 213–22.  
  6. ^ "The Dilemma of Phage Taxonomy Illustrated by Comparative Genomics of Sfi21-Like Siphoviridae in Lactic Acid Bacteria". Journal of Bacteriology. September 2014.  
  7. ^ "Three proposed new bacteriophage genera of staphylococcal phages: "3alikevirus", "77likevirus" and "Phietalikevirus"". Archives of Virology. 11 Sep 2013.  
  8. ^ Taxonomy Proposals Awaiting Ratification at ICTV
  9. ^ Taxonomy Proposals Pending at ICTV
  10. ^ Holmfeldt, K.; Solonenko, N.; Shah, M.; Corrier, K.; Riemann, L.; Verberkmoes, N. C.; Sullivan, M. B. (2013). "Twelve previously unknown phage genera are ubiquitous in global oceans". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (31): 12798.  
  11. ^ Niu, Y. D.; McAllister, T. A.; Nash, J. H. E.; Kropinski, A. M.; Stanford, K. (2014). "Four Escherichia coli O157:H7 Phages: A New Bacteriophage Genus and Taxonomic Classification of T1-Like Phages". PLoS ONE 9 (6): e100426.  
  12. ^ "unclassified Siphoviridae". NCBI Taxonomy. 

External links

  • : SiphoviridaeViralzone
  • ICTV
  • Complete Genomes of Siphoviridae
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