Virus Structure

Virus Structure

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Author: Robert W. Horne
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483273921

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Virus Structure describes the physical characteristics of isolated viruses that represent typical structural groups, with particular reference to those features analyzed with the aid of the electron microscope. For descriptive purposes, the book has been divided into sections starting with the small icosahedral viruses and leading to the larger and more sophisticated structures, regardless of whether they are animal, plant, or bacterial viruses. These include double-stranded DNA icosahedral viruses, herpesvirus, viruses with helical symmetry, and viruses with complex or a combination of symmetries. Many common architectural features will be found in those viruses selected for discussion in each of the sections, and for these reasons the introduction places some emphasis on the symmetry elements rather than the shapes of viruses. The mechanism by which viruses enter host cells and the events that follow once the cell has been infected are only mentioned briefly as the virus-host interaction is a relatively complex one.

Table of Contents

  • Series Preface




    Units of Measurement


    Symmetry in Virions

    Helical Symmetry

    Icosahedral Symmetry

    Structure Units and Capsid Triangulation Number

    Virus Nucleic Acid and Core Structure

    Small DNA Icosahedral Viruses

    The Structure and Dimensions of φX174 Virus

    Small RNA Icosahedral Viruses (Napoviruses and Picornaviruses )

    Poliovirus (Picornavirus)

    Double-Stranded DNA Icosahedral Viruses




    Tipula Iridescent Virus

    Viruses with Helical Symmetry


    Viruses with Complex or a Combination of Symmetries

    The Bullet-Shaped Viruses (Rhabdovirus)

    The Tailed Bacteriophages

    The Poxviruses




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  • No. of pages: 56
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483273921

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Robert W. Horne

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