About the Authors

Chuan Xiao, Siyang Sun, Susan L Hafenstein, Victor A Kostyuchenko, Paul R Chipman, Michael G Rossmann
Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America

Yurii G Kuznetsov, Alexander McPherson
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine, California, United States of America

Marie Suzan-Monti, Didier Raoult
Unité des Rickettsies, Faculté de Médecine (CNRS) UMR 6020, IFR 48, Marseille, France

Corresponding Author

mr@purdue.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

MGR conceived and designed the experiments. CX, YGK, SS, PRC, MSM, DR, AMcP, and MGR performed the experiments. PRC performed EM data collection. DR performed Mimivirus studies in Marseilles. AmcP perofmed AFM investigations on the virus. CX, SS, VAK analyzed the data. SS, SLH, and MSM contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. MSM performed virus propagation. CX and MGR wrote the paper.