ViralZone: a knowledge resource to understand virus diversity

Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D576-82. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq901. Epub 2010 Oct 14.


The molecular diversity of viruses complicates the interpretation of viral genomic and proteomic data. To make sense of viral gene functions, investigators must be familiar with the virus host range, replication cycle and virion structure. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive resource bridging together textbook knowledge with genomic and proteomic sequences. ViralZone web resource ( provides fact sheets on all known virus families/genera with easy access to sequence data. A selection of reference strains (RefStrain) provides annotated standards to circumvent the exponential increase of virus sequences. Moreover ViralZone offers a complete set of detailed and accurate virion pictures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genome, Viral
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Viral Proteins / genetics
  • Virion / chemistry
  • Virus Physiological Phenomena*
  • Virus Replication
  • Viruses / classification
  • Viruses / genetics


  • Viral Proteins