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Rhabdoviruses are viruses belonging to the family Rhabdoviridae, which is in the order Mononegavirales. Rhabdoviruses infect a broad range of hosts throughout the animal and plant kingdom. Animal rhabdoviruses infect insects, fish, and mammals, including humans.

Table of contents
1 The Viruses
2 Prototypical Rhabdoviruses
3 See also
4 Further reading

The Viruses

Rhabdoviruses carry their genetic material in the form of negative-sense single-stranded RNA. They typically carry genes for five proteins: large protein (L), glycoprotein (G), nucleoprotein (N), nonstructural protein (NS), and matrix protein (M). Rhabdoviruses that infect vertebrates are bullet-shaped.

Prototypical Rhabdoviruses

The prototypical and best studied rhabdovirus is vesicular stomatitis virus. Since it is harmless to humans and easy to grow in the laboratory, it is a preferred model system to study the biology of Rhabdoviruses, and Mononegavirales in general. The mammalian disease Rabies is also caused by a rhabdovirus.

See also

Further reading