Hepatitis C Virion (virus particle).This image is 500 pixels across, the original measures 2898 x 2888 pixels.
EXPLANATION OF HEPATITIS C VIRUS (HCV) IMAGE: The orange spikes covering the surface represent the E (Envelope) Proteins. Each spike is a dimer of E1 and E2 anchored into the viral envelope (illustrated as a greenish-blue layer). This viral envelope is derived from host cell ER membrane. Below that is a purplish layer representing the core (C) proteins. In the core lies the RNA genome. It is not known whether p7 (a small protein that may hexamerise into a viroporin) is present in the virion.Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is a small enveloped + single stranded RNA virus. It classified in the family Flaviviridae (L. Flavus: yellow named after Yellow Fever) in the genus Hepacivirus.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: With many thanks to Professor Eric Gowans at the Macfarlane Burnet Institute in Melbourne Australia for his helpful discussions, advice and comments.
Modelling and rendering done using Martin Wengenmayers CHEETAH 3D software. REFERENCES
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