Because you can never hear enough about papillomaviruses

HPV I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the last week marking exam essays about papillomaviruses, so it’s good to relax by reading a few recent journal articles about …. papillomaviruses ;-)

Animal papillomaviruses. Virology. 24 May 2013 pii: S0042-6822(13)00266-3. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2013.05.007
We provide an overview of the host range, taxonomic classification and genomic diversity of animal papillomaviruses. The complete genomes of 112 non-human papillomavirus types, recovered from 54 different host species, are currently available in GenBank. The recent characterizations of reptilian papillomaviruses extend the host range of the Papillomaviridae to include all amniotes. Although the genetically diverse papillomaviruses have a highly conserved genomic lay-out, deviations from this prototypic genome organization are observed in several animal papillomaviruses, and only the core ORFs E1, E2, L2 and L1 are present in all characterized papillomavirus genomes. The discovery of papilloma-polyoma hybrids BPCV1 and BPCV2, containing a papillomaviral late region but an early region encoding typical polyomaviral nonstructural proteins, and the detection of recombination breakpoints between the early and late coding regions of cetacean papillomaviruses, could indicate that early and late gene cassettes of papillomaviruses are relatively independent entities that can be interchanged by recombination.

Papillomavirus E6 oncoproteins. 24 May 2013 Virology pii: S0042-6822(13)00248-1. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2013.04.026
Papillomaviruses induce benign and malignant epithelial tumors, and the viral E6 oncoprotein is essential for full transformation. E6 contributes to transformation by associating with cellular proteins, docking on specific acidic LXXLL peptide motifs found on these proteins. This review examines insights from recent studies of human and animal E6 proteins that determine the three-dimensional structure of E6 when bound to acidic LXXLL peptides. The structure of E6 is related to recent advances in the purification and identification of E6 associated protein complexes. These E6 protein-complexes, together with other proteins that bind to E6, alter a broad array of biological outcomes including modulation of cell survival, cellular transcription, host cell differentiation, growth factor dependence, DNA damage responses, and cell cycle progression.

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3 Responses to Because you can never hear enough about papillomaviruses

  1. Terje Dokland says:

    I think that picture shows a herpesvirus (nucleocapsid), not a papillomavirus.

  2. AJ Cann says:

    I understand what you’re saying, but it is a papillomavirus particle.

    • Terje Dokland says:

      But papillomaviruses are T=7, with all pentavalent capsomers, while this one looks like… T=16, and clearly has some hexavalent capsomers. Are you sure the image didn’t get mixed up at some point? It should be evident from the size as well, but there is no scale bar.

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