MadSci Network: Virology

Re: What happens to the protein coat of a virus after it injects it DNA into a

Date: Sat Jun 17 16:17:18 2006
Posted By: Artem Evdokimov, Research Scientist
Area of science: Virology
ID: 1149875335.Vi


It depends on the virus and the type of cell attacked, but there are at least three distinct possibilities:

1) The viral membrane merges with the cell membrane - in this case everything that's attached to the viral membrane now becomes part of the cell membrane.

2) The virus disengages (observed with some bacteriophages) - in which case the recipient cell integrity is restored.

3) The virus remains attached, but does not merge with the cell.

Hope this helps.


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