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Ampiviruses have rather large protease and polymerase proteins compared to those of other picornaviruses.
No virus has been isolated.
Length of genome (Reuter et al., 2015): 9,246 nt (5'-UTR: 970 nt; ORF: 8,142 nt; 3'-UTR: 134 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein has a length of 2,713 amino acids. There is no L protein. The function of 2A is unknown.
Viral RNA was detected in faeces of apparently healthy common newts (Lissotriton vulgaris).
Ampi-: from amphibian picornavirus
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