Role of Protein in the Inactivation of Viruses by Ultraviolet Radiation

  • Milton P. Gordon


The capsomers of viruses contain proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. The components of the capsomer frequently participate in the initial stages of the infectious process and in some instances, furnish enzymatic activity vitally needed for viral replication. The capsomers also serve to protect the viral nucleic acid from inactivation by a variety of enzymatic and physical agencies such as actinic radiation.


Tobacco Mosaic Virus Viral Nucleic Acid Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Pyrimidine Dimer Pyrimidine Cyclobutane Dimer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milton P. Gordon
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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