Metagenomics reveals a novel virophage population in a Tibetan mountain lake

Seungdae Oh, Dongwan Yoo, Wen Tso Liu

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Virophages are parasites of giant viruses that infect eukaryotic organisms and may affect the ecology of inland water ecosystems. Despite the potential ecological impact, limited information is available on the distribution, diversity, and hosts of virophages in ecosystems. Metagenomics revealed that virophages were widely distributed in inland waters with various environmental characteristics including salinity and nutrient availability. A novel virophage population was overrepresented in a planktonic microbial community of the Tibetan mountain lake, Lake Qinghai. Our study identified coccolithophores and coccolithovirus-like phycodnaviruses in the same community, which may serve as eukaryotic and viral hosts of the virophage population, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalMicrobes and Environments
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 25 2016


  • Metagenomics
  • Microbial ecology
  • Tibetan lake
  • Virophage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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