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1 Viruses: intimate parasites Are viruses alive? –Not made of cells, in violation of Cell Theory –Do not grow (but self assemble) –Do not metabolize (but.

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1 1 Viruses: intimate parasites Are viruses alive? –Not made of cells, in violation of Cell Theory –Do not grow (but self assemble) –Do not metabolize (but steal energy) –Cannot reproduce w/o a host cell (but other organisms may require another species in order to reproduce) –Can evolve over time –Some can respond to environmental stimuli –Have a complex, organized structure

2 2 If not cells, then what? Viruses are particles Some components are essential –A genetic material with the blueprint for making more Could be: ds DNA, ss DNA, ss RNA, ds RNA Space is limited, so genes are few –A covering to protect the genetic material Capsid, made of one or more proteins Capsid + nucleic acid: nucleocapsid Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites

3 3 Viruses may have other parts Envelope: piece of organelle membrane or cell membrane covering capsid –Virus is formed by budding, pushes through membrane taking a piece. –Viral envelope usually contains viral proteins. –Envelope makes virus susceptible to some disinfectants Spikes (peplomers) extend from envelope –Used for attachment, escape Accessory enzymes –Reverse transcriptase, RNA RNA enzymes

4 4 Viral size and shape Viruses range from 20 nm to 300 nm –Ribosomes are about 30 nm –The smallest known bacteria are about 200 nm Viral shapes: –helical, polyhedral, and complex Figures/Icos_Virus.GIF;

5 5 Examples of virus shapes EbolaAdenovirus

6 6 Specificity A recurring theme in biology: –Enzymes, membrane receptors, antibodies, etc. Viruses are limited to certain types of host cells –Species barriers: rabies not specific, but most are –Tissue type: rabies specific to nerve, salivary tissue –Cell type: HIV infection mostly restricted to Helper T cells, a kind of lymphocyte. Different characteristics of host cells involved –Attachment to cell surface often a major point Every type of organism has a virus that infects it?

7 7 Viruses across kingdoms A densovirus newly isolated from the smoky-brown cockroachPeriplaneta fuliginosa Acanthamoeba castellanii Promotion of In Vitro Survival and Transmission of Coxsackie B3 Viruses The causal organism is the Tulip Breaking Virus (TBV). The pathogen is a potyvirus and is divided into two strains, Genome characterization of Botrytis virus F, a flexuous rod-shaped mycovirus

8 8 Classification Microbes problematic, viruses especially so. –No sexual reproduction, no asexual reproduction, just “assembly”. –No clear evolutionary relationships Classification scheme (from David Baltimore) –First, by nucleic acid type, e.g. ds DNA, + sense RNA –Next, structural characteristics (presence of envelope, capsid shape), type of organism infected, etc.

9 9 Life cycle of a virus Manner of infection and reproduction depends on whether host is prokaryotic or eukaryotic. Life cycle here outlined is general: –ADSORPTION: following contact, molecules on surface of virus bind to particular molecules on host cell. –PENETRATION: the nucleic acid must get access to the machinery of the cell to replicate.

10 10 Life cycle continued SYNTHESIS/REPLICATION: once inside the nucleic acid issues orders leading to –Replication of the nucleic acid –Transcription (usually) and translation, producing the necessary capsid proteins. ASSEMBLY: a spontaneous process –Capsid proteins and nucleic acid combine to make virion. –Cheap but highly inefficient process. RELEASE: successful parasite must spread to others –Virus causes lysis of cell or pushes through cell membrane. Virions may acquire an envelope.

11 11 Bacteriophage: lytic vs. lysogenic Most bacteriophages multiply then lyse the host cell –This life cycle is called a lytic cycle Others are “temperate”, enter a lysogenic cycle. –Lysogeny is an effective way to multiply the viral DNA –Viral DNA inserts into the bacterial chromosome Now called a “prophage” Bacterial replication also replicates viral DNA Prophage may bring new genes for use by bacterium –Damage to bacterial DNA (e.g. UV) prompts virus to begin lytic cycle; DNA excises, virus multiplies.

12 12 Measuring numbers of virions: the Plaque Assay news.bbc.co.uk/.../ _230333_cell_culture_300.jpg; Virus and host cells are mixed Bacteria cover in a Petri dish as a “lawn”, eukaryotic cells cover bottom of a dish. Multiplication of virus leads to release, spread to and destruction of nearby cells. Visible as holes, plaques, on bacterial lawn; eukaryotic cells in culture are first stained for easier view to see plaques.

13 13 Growing viruses Obligate intracellular parasites: require a host cell!! Whole organism –Animal models, human volunteers Ethically, humans require consent, safety, pay Eggs: aseptic incubator –Various cells and membranes support growth of viruses –Shell provides protection from bacterial contamination –Used for large batches of viruses for vaccines Egg allergies a problem sometimes

14 14 Growing viruses continued Organ/tissue/cell culture –Minced tissue, separated into cells by enzyme treatment –Grown in sterile plastic dish with nutrient solution –Cells prepared this way grow until dish is covered, stop. Scrape up, use some to inoculate new culture Limited number of rounds of replication –Transformed cells, with cancer properties, grow forever. Must be subcultured when dish bottom is covered Cell culture major reason for advances in virology

15 15 Viruses and disease Most of discomfort, some of damage, is due to host defense response to viral infection. Cytopathic effects: damage caused by viruses –Cells change shape, change size (round up, swell) –Cells become sticky (clump, fuse to form syncytia) Syncytia are giant, multinucleated cells –Cells change internally (vacuoles, inclusions) Location, appearance of inclusions characteristic of certain viruses; comprised of viral parts or cell debris –Cells die.

16 16 Other effects of viruses Transformation: cells become cancer-like –Lose contact inhibition –Continue to multiply –In vivo, produce tumors –Certain Herpes-type viruses, genital wart virus, etc. Some viruses cause birth defects = teratogenesis –Damage to critical cells in fetus, failure to form parts –Typically, virus is mild and able to cross placenta –Rubella (German measles virus), CMV

17 17 NOT viruses Viroids: naked RNA –Cause of infectious disease in plants Prions: infectious protein particles –Got Stanley Prusiner the Nobel Prize, but still controversial. –Cause of Mad Cow Disease, Scrapie, Elk Wasting disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Kuru, etc. –Transmissible spongioform encephalopathies –Misshapen protein causes normal protein to also fold incorrectly, increasing their numbers –Replication without the presence of nucleic acid

18 18 Attack and defense Virus has ways of attacking –Specific binding to host cell receptor Receptors involved in normal cell functions –Virus may regulate cell division for its own replication –Insertion of viral DNA into chromosome allows virus to hide from immune system –Causes adjacent cells to fuse, allows cell to cell spread without leaving cell.

19 19 Defense by host Host has ways of defending –Cell mediated immunity (T cells): infected cells killed. –Antibodies intercept virions between cells, in fluids –Interferon produces anti-viral state, prevents replication –Natural killer cells activated

20 20 A molecular biology lesson DNA is copied faithfully –DNA polymerase has 3’ to 5’ exonuclease activity, a “backspace key” which deletes mistakes. –Other mechanisms exist to maintain fidelity. RNA fidelity is not maintained –RNA polymerase does not backspace –Methods for monitoring RNA don’t exist Many RNA viruses show high mutation rate –Many variants, immunity difficult.

21 21 Picornaviruses Small RNA viruses (“pico” = very small) –About 25 nm, near the size of a ribosome –Two kinds Enteric viruses –includes Hepatitis A and polio Only some cases of polio result in paralysis –Cause of many cases of “stomach flu” Rhinoviruses: major cause of common cold –Rhino means nose

22 22 The Common cold Rhinoviruses have many serotypes –Variants, caused by easy mutation of RNA –Immune system can’t recognize all differences, but some protection with age. –Multiplies in narrow temperature range, nose/sinus cooler than body temperature Other cold viruses –Coronavirus (best known cousin causes SARS) –Adenovirus (DNA virus), some serotypes cause GI infections

23 23 Foodborne viruses Norovirus (Norwalk) –Restaurants, nursing homes, cruise ships Rotavirus- similar transmission Enteric Picornaviruses –Hepatitis A virus Attacks GI especially liver –Poliovirus – famous for paralysis, but only in a small percentage; target for extinction. Spread by fecal-oral route

24 24 Arkansas Arboviruses Not an official taxonomic group, but short for “arthropod-borne” –Includes Flaviviruses, Togaviruses, and others. –Zoonotic, spread from animals to people by arthropod vectors, especially mosquitoes. Reservoirs may be birds, various mammals –Result in two main types of illnesses Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain Hemorrhagic fever: high fever with bleeding

25 25 Arkansas Arboviruses Encephalitis: spread by skeeters –Eastern Equine encephalitis; Togavirus; summer 2005, outbreak in NE US Also infects, kills horses. Most dangerous. –St. Louis encephalitis, Flaviviral diseases; Human disease. Usually not serious. –West Nile virus Flavivirus; imported to US, spread from NYC Disease mostly in young and elderly

26 26 Rabies Rhabdovirus- bullet shaped RNA virus Reservoir: animals of family Carnivora –Foxes, bats, skunks, racoons, dogs and cats Virus elicits change in behavior of host –Virus multiplies in salivary glands and brain –Animals become agitated and bite, spread virus –Humans show “hydrophobia” Long incubation, slow development –Depends on dose, location. –Vaccine AFTER inoculation –# of survivors w/o treatment: 5

27 Structure of rabies virus 27 _bullet_shape_model.jpg


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