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Altered ultrastructure of rinderpest virus and its nucleocapsids induced by 5-fluorouracil

Ghosh, Amit and Nayak, R and Shaila, MS (1994) Altered ultrastructure of rinderpest virus and its nucleocapsids induced by 5-fluorouracil. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 67 (6). pp. 441-445.

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he ultrastructure of purified rinderpest virus and intracellular viral nucleocapsids from infected vero cells treated with a subtoxic dose of 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) (1 mug/ml), has been analysed by transmission electron microscopy, and compared with that of normal virus particle and nucleocapsids. The results reveal dramatic alterations in the structure of both virions and nucleocapsids. The surface glycoprotein projection of virions was not seen or present at a much reduced level. The intracellular nucleocapsids showed pronounced structural changes,with respect to size, shape and fine structure. The length of treated nucleocapsids is much smaller as compared to the control. The central hollow core is missing in case of drug-treated nucleocapsid and the herring bone structure is replaced by a 'beads on string' structure. The presence of N protein, which is a major structural component of nucleocapsids was seen in 5-Fu-treated cells, but it was associated with a predominantly diffused form of nucleocapsids as seen by immunoelectron microscopy. We report here the first definitive and visual evidence of altered structure of virions and their nucleocapsids after 5-Fu treatment

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science (Bangalore)
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences.
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2011 06:57
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2011 06:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/36120

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