Physical Virology

Virus Structure and Mechanics

  • Urs F. Greber

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1215)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Javier M. Rodríguez, Daniel Luque
    Pages 45-68
  3. Hanna M. Oksanen, Nicola G. A. Abrescia
    Pages 85-109
  4. Jovan Nikolic, Cécile Lagaudrière-Gesbert, Nathalie Scrima, Danielle Blondel, Yves Gaudin
    Pages 111-127
  5. Carmen San Martín
    Pages 129-158
  6. P. J. de Pablo, I. A. T. Schaap
    Pages 159-179
  7. Elizabeth E. Jefferys, Mark S. P. Sansom
    Pages 201-233
  8. Urs F. Greber
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


This book explores a new challenge in virology: to understand how physical properties of virus particles (virions) and viruses (infected cells) affect the course of an infection. Insights from the emerging field of physical virology will contribute to understanding of the physical nature of viruses and cells, and will open new ways for anti-viral interference.

Nine chapters and an editorial written by physicists, chemists, biologists and computational experts describe how virions serve as trail blazers in uncharted territory of cells. The authors outline how particles change in composition as they interact with host cells. Such virus dynamics are crucial for virus entry into cells and infection. It influences the modern concepts of virus-host interactions, viral lineages and evolution.

The volume gives numerous up-to-date examples of modern virology and provides a fascinating read for researchers, clinicians and students in the field of infectious diseases.


single virion tracking virus maturation virion pressurazation HIV capsids Negri bodies bacteriophage mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Urs F. Greber
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Life SciencesUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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