Journal article

African swine fever virus is wrapped by the endoplasmic reticulum

I Rouiller, SM Brookes, AD Hyatt, M Windsor, T Wileman

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1998

Abstract

African swine fever (ASF) virus is a large DNA virus that shares the striking icosahedral symmetry of iridoviruses and the genomic organization of poxviruses. Both groups of viruses have a complex envelope structure. In this study, the mechanism of formation of the inner envelope of ASF virus was investigated. Examination of thin cryosections by electron microscopy showed two internal membranes in mature intracellular virions and all structural intermediates. These membranes were in continuity with intracellular membrane compartments, suggesting that the virus gained two membranes from intracellular membrane cisternae. Immunogold electron microscopy showed the viral structural protein p17 an..

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