Particle Structure

  • Patrick Tollin
  • Herbert R. Wilson
Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)


Simple viruses, which are composed of nucleic acid and protein, have a regular particle structure and so have been subjected to detailed structure analysis. Progress in this analysis is the result of developments in techniques and theoretical considerations. Although chemical and physicochemical studies are of great importance in structure analysis, the two techniques that have provided three-dimensional structural information are those of electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. In addition to advances in the techniques themselves, due to improved instrumentation and specimen preparation, developments in diffraction theory and in image processing have been of major importance.


Mosaic Virus Virus Particle Potato Virus Plant Virus Protein Subunit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Tollin
    • 1
  • Herbert R. Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.Carnegie Laboratory of PhysicsUniversity of DundeeDundeeScotland
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland

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