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Viruses' Structural Changes Upon Infection of a Host Cell

Perez Boerema, A. (2013) Viruses' Structural Changes Upon Infection of a Host Cell. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Viruses are biological entities that are considered to exist somewhere in between life-forms and chemicals. Viruses cannot reproduce by themselves, they need to make use of the reproductive machinery of cells. For viral replication to take place viruses attach themselves to and penetrate their target cells. In this paper I will focus on the structural changes that take place on the viral surface during viral attachment to and viral penetration of the target cell. The differences in structure of viral surfaces lead to different strategies to attach to and penetrate the target cell’s membrane. Because of the vast range of viral surface structures I will only discuss the structural changes that take place on the viral surface of three different types of viruses: bacteriophages (Epsilon15), non-enveloped viruses (reoviruses) and enveloped viruses (HIV-1).

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:53
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:53
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/11200

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