Defective Interfering Virus Particles and Their Biological Functions

  • C. Yong Kang
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 134)


Biologically active defective interfering (DI) virus particles have been found in a large number of animal virus groups. These include picorna, toga, orthomyxo, paramyxo, rhabdo, arena, reo, retro, papova, adeno, and herpes viruses (1). This list of animal viruses suggests that DI particles are common in most, if not all, animal viruses. The properties, biological roles, and perspectives of DI particles have been reviewed previously (1,2,3). A brief summary of the properties and the biological significance of DI particles in the outcome of natural viral infections will be presented here.


Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Japanese Encephalitis Canine Distemper Virus Japanese Encephalitis Virus Animal Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Yong Kang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at DallasDallasUSA

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