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Uncoating Kinetics of Hepatitis A Virus Virions and Provirions

By Naomi E. Bishop and David A. Anderson


When the growth kinetics of immature hepatitis A virus provirions and mature virions were monitored, distinct eclipse phases were noted for both types of particles. Strikingly, uncoating of virions occurred around 4 h postinfection, while uncoating of provirions occurred predominantly between 8 and 10 h postinfection. It is proposed that the heterogenous mixture of infectious hepatitis A virus particles (virions and provirions) typically present in inocula is responsible for the normally asynchronous nature of hepatitis A virus uncoating kinetics

Topics: Replication
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 2000
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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