Principles of Molecular Virology by Alan J. CannPrinciples of Molecular Virology by Alan J. Cann

Principles of Molecular Virology

byAlan J. Cann, Alan J. Cann

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Principles of Molecular Virology, Fifth Edition, provides an introduction to modern virology. Viruses are submicroscopic, obligate intracellular parasites that are more diverse than all the bacterial, plant, and animal kingdoms combined. The book examines protein-protein, protein-nucleic acid, and protein-lipid interactions, which control the structure of virus particles; the ways in which viruses infect cells; how viruses replicate; and the effects of virus infection on host organisms.

The book begins with a history of virology, tracing the development of knowledge and research on virology. The remaining seven chapters deal with the function and formation of virus particles; the structure and complexity of virus genomes; virus replication; gene expression; virus infections; the effects of virus infection on the body and the body’s response to infection; and subviral agents, such as satellites, viroids, and prions. The text concludes with three appendices that feature a glossary and abbreviations; a classification of subcellular infectious agents; and an outline of the history of virology.

  • Completely rewritten and updated
  • Clear and easy to understand
  • Examples covering important ideas in virology
  • All new illustrations
Dr. Alan J. Cann has worked in both the U.K. and U.S.A. teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and medical students. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester where his research interests include pedagogic research and science communication.
Title:Principles of Molecular VirologyFormat:OtherDimensions:320 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123849403

ISBN - 13:9780123849403


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Viruses are Distinct from Living Organisms

The History of Virology

Living Host Systems

Cell Culture Methods

Serological/Immunological Methods

Ultrastructural Studies

'Molecular Biology'

Further Reading

Chapter 2 Particles

The Function and Formation of Virus Particles

Capsid Symmetry and Virus Architecture

Helical capsids

Icosahedral (isometric) capsids

Enveloped Viruses

Complex Virus Structures

Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions and Genome Packaging

Virus Receptors - Recognition and Binding

Other Interactions of the Virus Capsid with the Host Cell


Further Reading

Chapter 3 Genomes

The Structure and Complexity of Virus Genomes

Molecular Genetics

Virus Genetics

Virus Mutants

Types of mutant virus


Genetic Interactions between Viruses

Non-genetic Interactions between Viruses

'Large' DNA Genomes

'Small' DNA Genomes

Positive-Strand RNA Viruses

Negative-Strand RNA Viruses

Segmented and Multipartite Virus Genomes

Reverse Transcription and Transposition

Evolution and Epidemiology


Further Reading

Chapter 4 Replication

Overview of Virus Replication

Investigation of Virus Replication

The Replication Cycle


Further Reading

Chapter 5 Expression

Expression of Genetic Information

Control of Prokaryote Gene Expression

Control of Expression in Bacteriophage ë

Control of Eukaryote Gene Expression

Genome Coding Strategies

Transcriptional Control of Expression

Post-Transcriptional Control of Expression


Further Reading

Chapter 6 Infection

Virus Infections of Plants

Immune Responses to Virus Infections in Animals

Virus-Host Interactions

The Course of Virus Infections

Prevention and Therapy of Virus Infection

Virus Vectors and Gene Therapy

Chemotherapy of Virus Infections


Further Reading

Chapter 7 Pathogenesis

Mechanisms of Cellular Injury

Viruses and Immunodeficiency

Virus-Related Diseases

Bacteriophages and Human Disease

Cell Transformation by Viruses

Viruses and Cancer

New and Emergent Viruses




Further Reading

Chapter 8 Subviral Agents: Genomes Without Viruses, Viruses Without Genomes

Satellites and Viroids



Further Reading

Appendix 1 Glossary and Abbreviations

Appendix 2 Classification of Subcellular Infectious Agents

Appendix 3 The History of Virology