About the Authors
Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine, California, United States of America
Unité des Rickettsies, Faculté de Médecine (CNRS) UMR 6020, IFR 48, Marseille, France
The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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.