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Microbiology Chapter 6 Notes: An Introduction to Viruses

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Microbiology Chapter 6 Notes: An Introduction to Viruses BIO 2600

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These notes give an introduction to viruses. This introduction includes: -The discovery of viruses -General Structure and components -Functions of the components -Nucleic Acids in viruses -Mod...
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Date Created: 09/12/16
Chapter 6 notes The Search for the Elusive Virus -Louis Pasteur postulated that rabies was caused by a virus (1884) -Ivanovski and Beijerinck showed a disease in tobacco was caused by a virus (1890s) -1950s virology was a multifaceted discipline -Viruses: noncellular particles with a definite size, shape, and chemical composition General Structure of Viruses -Electron microscope is required Viral Components: Capsids, Nucleic Acids, and Envelopes -Viruses bear no resemblance to cells -Lack protein-synthesizing machinery -Viruses contain only the parts needed to invade and control a host cell *Virus profile pg. 162 General Structures of Viruses -Capsids -All viruses have capsids – protein coats that enclose and protect their nucleic acid - The capsids together with the nucleic acid are nucleocapsid -Some viruses have an external covering call envelope; those lacking an envelope are naked -Each capsid is constructed from identical subunits called capsomers made of protein -Two structural types: -Helical – continuous helix of capsomers forming a cylindrical nucleocapsid -Icosachedral – 20-sided with 12 corners -Vary in the number of capsomers -Each capsomer may be made of 1 or several proteins -Some are enveloped -Viral Envelope -Mostly animal viruses -Acquired when the virus leaves the host cell -Exposed proteins on the outside of the envelope, called spikes, essential for attachment of the virus to the host cell Functions of Capsid/Envelope -Protects the nucleic acid when the virus is outside the host cell -Helps the virus to bind to a cell surface and assists the penetration of the viral DNA or RNA into a suitable host cell Chapter 6 notes General Structure of Viruses -Complex viruses: atypical viruses -Poxviruses lack a typical capsid and are covered by a dense layer of lipoproteins -Some bacteriophages have a polyhedral nucleocapsid along with a helical tail and attachment fibers* deceptacon* *Figure 6.9 *Figure 6.10 Nucleic Acids -Viral genome – either DNA or RNA but never both -Carries genes necessary to invade host cell and redirect cell’s activity to make new viruses -Number of genes varies for each type of virus – few to hundreds -DNA viruses -Usually double stranded (ds) but may be single stranded (ss) -Circular or linear -RNA viruses -Usually single stranded, may be double stranded may be segmented into separate RNA pieces -ssRNA genomes ready for immediate translation are positive- sense RNA -ssRNA genomes that must be converted into proper form are negative-sense RNA General Structure -Pre-formed enzymes may be present -Polymerases – DNA or RNA -Replicases – copy RNA -Reverse transcriptase – synthesis of DNA from RNA (AIDS virus) Modes of Viral Multiplication -General phases in animal virus multiplication cycle: 1. Adsorption – binding of virus to specific molecule on host cell 2. Penetration – genome enters host cell 3. Uncoating – the viral nucleic acid is released from the capsid 4. Synthesis – viral components are produced 5. Assembly – new viral particles are constructed 6. Release – assembled viruses are released by budding (exocytosis) or cell lysis *Figure 6.11 pg. 170 Chapter 6 notes Adsorption and Host Range -Virus coincidentally collides with a susceptible host cell and adsorbs specifically to receptor sites on the cell membrane -Spectrum of cells a virus can infect – host range -Hepatitis B – human liver cells -Poliovirus – primate intestinal and nerve cells -Rabies – various cells of many mammals Penetration/Uncoating -Flexible cell membrane is penetrated by the whole virus or its nucleic acid by: -Endocytosis – entire virus is engulfed and enclosed in a vacuole or vesicle -Fusion – envelope merges directly with membrane resulting in nucleocapsid’s entry into cytoplasm *Figure 6.13 Replication and Protein Production -Varies depending on whether the virus is a DNA or RNA virus -DNA viruses generally are replicated and assembled in the nucleus -RNA viruses generally are replicated and assembled in the cytoplasm -Positive-sense RNA contain the message for translation -Negative-sense RNA must be converted into positive-sense message Release -Assembled viruses leave host cell in one of two ways: -Budding – exocytosis; nucleocapsid binds to membrane which pinches off and sheds the viruses gradually; cell is not immediately destroyed -Lysis – nonenveloped and complex viruses released when cell dies and ruptures -Number of viruses released is variable -3,000 – 4,000 released by poxvirus - >100,000 released by poliovirus Damage to Host Cell -Cytopathic effects – virus-induced damage to cells 1. Changes in size and shape 2. Cytoplasmic inclusion bodies 3. Inclusion bodies 4. Cells fuse to form multinucleated cells (syncytia) 5. Cell lysis Chapter 6 notes 6. Alter DNA 7. Transform cells into cancerous cells -Some animal viruses enter host cell and permanently alter is genetic material resulting in cancer – transformation of the cell -Transformed cells have increased rate of growth, alterations in chromosomes, and capacity to divide for indefinite time periods resulting in tumors -Mammalian viruses capable of initiating tumors are called oncoviruses -Papillomavirus – cervical cancer -Epstein-Barr virus – Burkitt’s lymphoma Lysogeny: The Silent Virus Infection -Not all phages complete the lytic cycle -Some DNA phages, called temperate phages, undergo adsorption and penetration but don’t replicate -The viral genome inserts into bacterial genome and becomes an inactive prophage - the cell is not lysed -Prophage is retained and copied during normal cell division resulting in the transfer of temperate phage genome to all host cell progeny – lysogeny -Induction can occur resulting in activation of lysogenic prophage followed by viral replication and cell lysis *Figure 6.17 *Pg. 174-176 Lysogeny -Results in the spread of the virus without killing the host cell -Phage genes in the bacterial chromosome can cause the production of toxins or enzymes that cause pathology – lysogenic conversion -Corynebacterium diphtheria -Vibrio cholera -Clostridium botulinum Persistent Infections -Persistent infections – cell harbors the virus and is not immediately lysed -Can last weeks or host’s lifetime; several can periodically reactive – chronic latent state -Measles virus – may remain hidden in brain cells for many years -Herpes simplex virus – cold sores and genital herpes Chapter 6 notes -Herpes zoster virus – chickenpox and shingles Prions and Other Infectious Particles -Prions – misfolded proteins, contain no nucleic acid -Cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies – fatal neurodegenerative diseases -Common in animals: -Scrapie in sheep and goats -Bovine spongiform encephalopathies (BSE), aka mad cow disease -Wasting disease in elk - Humans – Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome (CJS) -Extremely resistant to usual sterilization techniques Kuru: a prion disease transmitted by ritual cannibalism Prions are not viruses


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