DAO 79:83-86 (2008)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao01889

Virus-like particles in Urastoma cyprinae, a turbellarian parasite of Mytilus galloprovincialis

C. Crespo-González, H. Rodríguez-Domínguez, M. Soto-Búa, P. Segade, R. Iglesias, C. Arias-Fernández, J. M. García-Estévez*

Laboratorio de Parasitología Marina, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad de Vigo, Campus As Lagoas-Marcosende s/n, 36310 Vigo (Pontevedra), Spain
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ABSTRACT: Urastoma cyprinae is a turbellarian parasite infecting the gills of several marine bivalves. We observed the presence of virus-like particles (24 to 30 nm in diameter; icosahedral symmetry) arranged in paracrystalline arrays in the cytoplasm of subepidermal dorsal cells. These particles appear to be RNA viruses, possibly related to the Picornaviridae. This is the first report of viral particles in the parasite U. cyprinae.


KEY WORDS: Urastoma cyprinae · Virus-like particles · Turbellaria · Mytilus galloprovincialis


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Cite this article as: Crespo-González C, Rodríguez-Domínguez H, Soto-Búa M, Segade P, Iglesias R, Arias-Fernández C, García-Estévez JM (2008) Virus-like particles in Urastoma cyprinae, a turbellarian parasite of Mytilus galloprovincialis. Dis Aquat Org 79:83-86. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao01889

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