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Claude MUVUNYI M.D., Ph.D.

2 Terminology In 1962, Caspar et al. defined the following terms:
Virion: The complete infectious virus particle. Capsid: The protein coat that surrounds nucleic acid. Nucleocapsid: The nucleic acid plus the capsid. The nucleocapsid may be enclosed inside an ENVELOPE containing proteins encoded by the virus. STRUCTURE UNITS are the smallest equivalent building units of the capsid. Capsomeres: The structural protein units that made up the capsid.

3 General structure of viruses
Viruses composed of nucleic acid either DNA or RNA, surrounded by a protein coat called the capsid. The capsid is composed of small structural units called capsomeres. The capsid protects nucleic acid from inactivation by the outer physical conditions. Some viruses have additional lipoprotein envelope , composed of virally coded protein and host lipid. The viral envelope is covered with glycoprotein spikes.

4 General structure of viruses
Some viruses have enzymes inside the virion. All ss- RNA viruses with negative polarity have the enzyme transcriptase ( RNA dependent RNA polymerase) inside virions.

5 Virus Shapes

6 General morphology Viruses may be classified into several morphological types on the basis of their capsid architecture as revealed by electron microscopy and a technique called x-ray crystallography.

7 Virus structure Self assembly of virus capsids follows two basic patterns: Helical symmetry, in which the protein subunits and the nucleic acid are arranged in a helix. Icosahedral symmetry, in which the protein subunits assemble into a symmetric shell that covers the nucleic acid-containing core.

8 Virus structure Larger viruses often have a complex architecture
consisting of both helical and isometric symmetries confined to different structural components. Small viruses, e.g., hepatitis B virus or the members of the picornavirus or parvovirus family, are orders of magnitude more resistant than are the larger complex viruses, e.g. members of the herpes or retrovirus families.

9 Lipid membrane, glycoproteins
Basic virus structure DNA RNA or Capsid protein Naked capsid virus + Nucleocapsid = Lipid membrane, glycoproteins Nucleocapsid + Enveloped virus

10 Capsid symmetry Icosahedral Helical Naked capsid Enveloped Matrix
Lipid Glycoprotein

11 Icosahedral naked capsid viruses
Adenovirus Electron micrograph Foot and mouth disease virus Crystallographic model

12 Helical naked capsid viruses
RNA Protein Caspar and Klug, Adv Virus Res. 1960;7: Tobacco mosaic virus Electron micrograph Tobacco mosaic virus Model

13 Icosahedral enveloped viruses
Herpes simplex virus Electron micrograph Herpes simplex virus Nucleocapsid cryoEM model

14 Helical enveloped viruses
Influneza A virus Electron micrograph Paramyxovirus Electron micrograph

15 Properties of enveloped viruses
Envelope is sensitive to Drying Heat Detergents Acid Consequences Must stay wet during transmission Transmission in large droplets and secretions Cannot survive in the gastrointestinal tract Do not need to kill cells in order to spread May require both a humoral and a cellular immune response Adapted from Murray, P.R. Rosenthal K.S., Pfaller, M.A. (2005) Medical Microbiology, 5th edition, Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, PA Box 6-5

16 Properties of naked capsid viruses
Capsid is resistant to Drying Heat Detergents Acids Proteases Consequences Can survive in the gastrointestinal tract Retain infectivity on drying Survive well on environmental surfaces Spread easily via fomites Must kill host cells for release of mature virus particles Humoral antibody response may be sufficient to neutralize infection Adapted from Murray, P.R. Rosenthal K.S., Pfaller, M.A. (2005) Medical Microbiology, 5th edition, Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, PA , Box 6-4

Naked icosahedral e.g. poliovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis A virus Naked helical e.g. tobacco mosaic virus. So far no human viruses with this structure are known Enveloped icosahedral e.g. herpes virus, yellow fever virus, rubella virus Enveloped helical e.g. rabies virus, influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, mumps virus, measles virus Complex e.g. poxvirus


19 Naming of Viruses Usually based on data available when a virus is discovered: Diseases viruses are associated with, e.g.: Poxvirus, Hepatitis virus, HIV, Measles virus. Cytopathology occuring during infection, e.g.: Respiratory Syncytial virus, Cytomegalovirus. Site of infection, e.g.: Adenovirus, Enterovirus, Rhinovirus, Enterovirus. Places where viruses were found or people who discovered them, e.g.: Epstein-Barr virus, Rous Sarcoma, Rift Valley Fever. Biochemical features, e.g.: Retrovirus, Picornavirus Such names are not useful for orderly classification!!!!

20 These naming conventions can lead to confusion later e. g
These naming conventions can lead to confusion later e.g.: viral hepatitis is caused by at least 6 different viruses Enterically transmitted Parenterally E C A NANB B “Infectious” “Serum” Viral hepatitis F, G, ? Other * D * 10-20% of cases of presumed viral hepatitis are still not accounted for.

21 Related Herpesviruses Cause Many Different Diseases
HSV Herpes Simplex Virus Cold sores (type 1), Genital lesions (type 2) VZV Varicella Zoster Virus Chicken pox CMV Cytomegalovirus Mononucleosis EBV Epstein-Barr Virus Mononucleosis, Burkitt’s lymphoma, Nasopharyngeal carcinoma and HHV-6, HHV-7, HHV-8….. (Human HerpesVirus-#) Therefore if these viruses were classified based on their symptoms their relationships would be missed.

22 So virologists had to devise more orderly schemes for classification
Thus, Different viruses can cause (nearly) the same symptoms. e.g., the hepatitis viruses However, different members of the same group can cause different symptoms. e.g., the herpes viruses So virologists had to devise more orderly schemes for classification

23 Meeting Classification Needs
A universal system of viral classification and a unified taxonomy was established by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in The system makes use of a series of ranked taxons, with the: - Order (-virales) being the highest currently recognized. - then Family (-viridae) - Subfamily (-virinae) - Genus (-virus) - Species ( eg: tobacco mosaic virus) By the year 2000, over 4000 viruses of plants, animals and bacteria had been included in 71 families, 9 subfamilies and 164 genera. The ICTV seeks input from a wide range of virologists and meets every three years to revise the taxon.

24 ICTV Classification Uses a Hierarchical Scheme
Poxviridae Herpesviridae Retroviridae Picornaviridae The most important characters are at the top of the Scheme. Other characters are ranked below in order of importance. This scheme brings order to the classification of viruses irrespective of their hosts or disease symptoms (Suffix: viridae) (Suffix: virinae) (Suffix: virus)

25 Primary characteristics used in classification
Viruses are classified according to the nature of their genome and their structure

26 Genetic material Is Most Important!!!
form of nucleic acid ssDNA (+ or - strand) dsDNA ssRNA (+ or - strand) dsRNA segmented RNA genetic organization sequence homology DNA sequence Hybridization Morphology: by electron microscopy

27 Secondary characteristics
Replication strategy Sometimes a group of viruses that seems to be a single group by the above criteria is found to contain a subgroup of viruses which have a fundamentally different replication strategy – In this case the group will be divided based on the mode of replication.

28 David Baltimore’s viral genome classification scheme
Genomes and strategies of replication most important features for classification. Baltimore originally proposed six different major categories: Class I: Viruses with double strand DNA genomes. (Adenoviruses) Class II: Viruses with single strand DNA genomes. (Geminiviruses) Class III: Viruses with double strand RNA genomes. (Reoviruses) Class IV: Plus-sense RNA Viruses. (Picornaviruses) Class V: Viruses with Negative strand RNA genomes. (Rhabdoviruses) Class VI: Viruses with Reverse transcribed RNA genomes. (Retroviruses) We can now add a Seventh Genome Class. Class VII: DNA Genomes replicated by reverse transcription. (Hepatitis B like Pararetroviruses)

29 RNA Virus Families None of the dsRNA viruses are enveloped.
Several general features are evident from the classification: None of the dsRNA viruses are enveloped. The minus-strand viruses are enveloped with helical nucleocapsids. Most of the plus-strand strand viruses have icosahedral nucleocapsids. Plus strand viruses vary in having envelopes. Most of the plus strand viruses have a single genomic RNA.

30 DNA Viruses DNA Viruses differ in many features from RNA Viruses:
Only three families are enveloped. All families except for the poxviruses replicate in nuclei. Many families have very complex nucleocapsids.


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