Navigation Links
Visualizing virus replication in three dimensions
Date:5/7/2009

Dengue fever is the most common infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes some 100 million people around the world are infected. Researchers at the Hygiene Institute at Heidelberg University Hospital were the first to present a three-dimensional model of the location in the human cell where the virus is reproduced. Their research provides an insight into the exact process of viral replication and serves as a model for other viruses whose replication is still unclear, such as the hepatitis C virus. In addition, it offers new approaches for developing measures to prevent or treat dengue fever. Up to now, neither a vaccine nor a specific antiviral therapy exists.

Professor Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, director of the Department of Molecular Virology at the Heidelberg Hygiene Institute and his team, working in cooperation with colleagues from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have published their study in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Cell Host & Microbes.

Viruses do not have a metabolism and cannot produce proteins from their genetic material (RNA or DNA) on their own. They can replicate only inside a host cell but where and how exactly does this take place? The answer to this question is crucial for developing therapy.

Viruses transform human cell membranes for their purposes

Dengue viruses reproduce in what is known as the endoplasmic reticulum, a membrane network interconnected with the nuclear envelope; this is where proteins are synthesized. The dengue virus uses this membrane network and transforms it for its own use.

"We now know that viral RNA is replicated in vesicles in the endoplasmic reticulum and is secreted through tiny pores. We were also able to show that replication of the virus genome and its encapsulation in new virus particles are directly linked," said Professor Bartenschlager. The new virus genomes are secreted through pores into the intracellular space where they are incorporated into pre-stages of viruses and then penetrate the endoplasmic reticulum a second time. There they are enveloped in a membrane that disguises them for the cell so that they can be secreted like normal cellular material. The reproduction cycle can begin again.


'/>"/>

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager
Ralf_Bartenschlager@med.uni-heidelberg.de
0041-622-156-4569
University Hospital Heidelberg
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Broad Institute researchers introduce next generation tool for visualizing genomic data
2. Novel antibody prevents infection by hepatitis C virus
3. K-State researcher finds 1918 flu resulted in current lineage of H1N1 swine influenza viruses
4. FluChip technology licensed to combat deadly flu virus
5. Findings uncover new details about mysterious virus
6. Minimizing the spread of deadly Hendra virus
7. MDC researchers prevent virus induced myocarditis
8. West Nile virus studies show how star-shaped brain cells cope with infection
9. Catching the common cold virus genome
10. Epstein-Barr virus may be associated with progression of MS
11. Frogs immune system is key in fight against killer virus
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Visualizing virus replication in three dimensions
(Date:8/23/2017)... 2017  The general public,s help is being enlisted in what,s thought ... in and on the human body –and are believed to affect health.  ... The Microbiome Immunity Project is the ... with the gut. The project's goal is to help advance scientific knowledge ... ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... and ITHACA, N.Y. , ... and Cornell University, a leader in dairy research, today ... bioinformatics designed to help reduce the chances that the ... the onset of this dairy project, Cornell University has ... for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a food safety ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... May 16, 2017   Bridge Patient Portal ... and MD EMR Systems , an electronic ... for GE, have established a partnership to build ... and the GE Centricity™ products, including Centricity Practice ... These new integrations will allow healthcare ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... 2017 , ... For the second time in three years, ... Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, October 10th, ... mission is to change the trajectory of STEM education in America by dramatically ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... of 13 prestigious awards honoring scientists who have made outstanding ... a scheduled symposium during Pittcon 2018, the world’s leading conference and exposition for ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a new study published on October 5, 2017, in the medical journal, ... demonstrated equivalence with the gold standard, video EEG, in detecting generalized tonic-clonic ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... On Tuesday, ... webinar on INSIGhT, the first-ever adaptive clinical trial for glioblastoma (GBM). The featured ... event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. , ...
Breaking Biology Technology: