The Paramyxoviruses and Orthomyxoviruses

  • J. L. Fryer
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Paramyxoviruses are responsible for a number of serious diseases of humans and animals (mumps, measles, parainfluenza, Newcastle disease, distemper, rinderpest). Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is found in flocks of birds throughout most of the world. Virulent strains are lethal, especially those that replicate in and destroy the host tissues needed for immunologic response. Other paramyxoviruses are associated primarily with respiratory tract infections in animals. The paramyxoviridae share with the orthomyxoviridae their affinity for the sialic acid of cell surface glycoproteins used as receptors (Fraenkel-Conrat et at., 1988). Table 1 compares the paramyxo- and orthomyxoviruses (Kingsbury, 1985).


Sialic Acid Newcastle Disease Virus Chinook Salmon Cell Surface Glycoprotein Oncorhynchus Tshawytscha 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Fryer
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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