The Molecular Biology of Paramyxoviruses

  • Daniel Kolakofsky
  • Laurent Roux
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 136)


The paramyxoviruses were originally classified together with the influenza viruses as myxoviruses because of their ability to attach to neuraminic acid containing receptors on erythrocytes (hemagglutination) and their ability to elute themselves due to a neuraminidase activity. The further findings that unlike influenza viruses, paramyxoviruses contain a non-segmented genome and that they replicate in the presence of actinomycin D, led to their reclassification as a separate family.


Newcastle Disease Virus Tobacco Mosaic Virus Measle Virus Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Sendai Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Kolakofsky
    • 1
  • Laurent Roux
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Geneva Medical SchoolGenevaSwitzerland

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