Virus classification
Group: Group IV ((+)ssRNA)
Order: Unassigned
Family: Narnaviridae

Narnaviridae is a family of positive single stranded RNA viruses. Members of this family have no capsid.[1] Fungi serve as natural hosts. There are currently seven species in this family, divided among 2 genera.[2][3]


The genome of these viruses is unipartate and between 2.3 and 3.5 kilobases in length. It encodes a single gene—the RNA dependent RNA polymerase. This protein is associated with the genome in the cytoplasm of the host.[4] The viruses do not have a capsid or envelop and do not form any infectious viral particles except lipid vesicles.[5]

They infect fungi (including yeast) and oomycetes.[6] Mitovirues appear to be among the most common fungi viruses.[5]

Genus Structure Symmetry Capsid Genomic Arrangement Genomic Segmentation
MitovirusNo structural proteinsNon-EnvelopedLinearMonopartite
NarnavirusNo structural proteinsNon-EnvelopedLinearMonopartite

Life Cycle

Viral replication is cytoplasmic. Replication follows the positive stranded RNA virus replication model. Positive-stranded RNA-virus transcription is the method of transcription. The virus exits the host cell by cell to cell movement. Fungi serve as the natural host. Transmission routes are parental and sexual.[2]

Genus Host Details Tissue Tropism Entry Details Release Details Replication Site Assembly Site Transmission
MitovirusFungiNoneHorizontal; verticalNoneCytoplasmCytoplasmHorizontal: mating; vertical: parental
NarnavirusFungiNoneHorizontal; verticalNoneCytoplasmCytoplasmHorizontal: mating; vertical: parental


Two genera have been recognised to date. Mitoviruses infect the mitochondria of fungi while narnaviruses remain within the cytoplasm of the host cell.[5]

Group: ssRNA(+)


Other proposed members of the Mitovirus are OnuMV1c and OnuMV7.

Their closest relatives among RNA viruses are plant-infecting viruses of genus Ourmiavirus, which, however, have a capsid and a number of other proteins. Other close relatives are bacteriophages of the family Leviviridae.[5]


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  4. Solorzano A, Rodríguez-Cousiño N, Esteban R, Fujimura T (2000) Persistent yeast single-stranded RNA viruses exist in vivo as genomic RNA. RNA polymerase complexes in 1:1 stoichiometry. J Biol Chem 275(34):26428–35
  5. 1 2 3 4 Hillman, B. I.; Cai, G. (2013). "The Family Narnaviridae". Mycoviruses. Advances in Virus Research. 86. p. 149. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-394315-6.00006-4. ISBN 9780123943156.
  6. Cai G, Myers K, Fry WE, Hillman BI (2011) A member of the virus family Narnaviridae from the plant pathogenic oomycete Phytophthora infestans. Arch Virol
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