HERPES VIRUS PARTICLE OR VIRION
The yellow spikes covering the surface represent the surface glycoproteins that are anchored in the viral envelope (greenish oily looking outer layer). This viral envelope is derived from host cell. Below that is the tegument, consisting of various proteins. Deep to the tegument is the icosahedral capsid (pale blue), that contains the DNA genome (red body in centre of virus).Large version of herpes animation.
HERPES VIRUSES: The Herpesviruses (family herpesviridae) are a very important group of double stranded DNA viruses that replicate inside the nuclei of their host cells. They have many characteristics in common including:
HERPESVIRUSES family HerpesviridaeAlphaherpesviruses subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae (neurotropic)
Betaherpesviruses subfamily Betaherpesvirinae
Gammaherpesviruses subfamily Gammaherpesvirinae (lymphotropic)