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relevance of RNA viruses

huge medical burden

high mutation rates lead to
-antiviral resistance
-barriers to vaccines
-re-assortment of genome segments


Common features of RNA viruses

1. RNA is both the genome and the template (In humans, DNA is genome and RNA is template)

2. There is a dual purpose when replicating RNA - synthesis of RNA to reproduce the genome (replication) but also make mRNA (here, RNA=mRNA) for translation. The two stages (transcription and replication) are mixed, done by same enzyme at same time.

3. diverse strategies have evolved to accomplish these goals. No common life cycle because evolved independently.


what is replication?

for RNA viruses where does this generally occur?

GENOME synthesis

replication is genome synthesis

generally in cytoplasm. influenza is exception


what is transcription?

for RNA viruses where does this generally occur

mRNA synthesis. Transcription is mRNA synthesis.

generally in cytoplasm. influenza is exception


same piece of RNA can get used in many ways

it either already is - or needs to become -

the - strand can be transcribed into lots of small segments of mRNA which are then turned to proteins by the host ribosomes. one of these proteins is often the polymerases needed to replicate.

or the - strand can be replicated? into a + strand, which then gets replicated into many - strands (The genome)


First, the ____ strand must be copied into a ____ strand

if a negative RNA strand, must first get copied into a + sense strand (mRNA)


what is essential to all viruses?

mRNA is essential. it is a (+) sense strand which means it is recognized by ribosomes


what is meant by + strand?

the + strand is recognized by ribosomes


What does RDRP allow?

allow virus to copy genome, make RNA from RNA template



RNA-dependent RNA polymerase
-host cells do not have enzymes to transcribe RNA into RNA
-all RNA viruses encode an RNA polymerase (part of the replicon) to copy their RNA genome and make mRNA
-highly efficient, 50k copies in 8 hours

great antiviral target


Where does RDRP work?

-ussually in cytoplasm, except for flu
-RNA,RDP, Nucleoproteins and acessory proteins are not free floating. RDRP anchors to a membrane (often endosomes, lyososomes, ER) to create replication factories. concentrates components and increases efficiency.



the poliovirus RDRP. The viral genome created is + stranded RNA, base pairs to itself.


Why is the fidelity of RDRP low?

4 molecules of poliovirus RDRP bind to template to form a complex, 2 complexes join to form an octomer.
-all the genomes created are SS and in very close proximity to one another. this leads to areas of homology crossing over, as well as enzymes moving from strand to strand

-RDRP is error prone and does not proofread


all RNA virus stocks are...

mixtures of WT and mutant forms


Rapid RNA virus evolution by...


-exchange large sections to produce new genomes
-hybrids may have new antigens or virulence features
-high frequency, 20% of polioviruses are recom after 1 growth cycle


what happens when you put a single genome into a virion?

the virion will create all possible mutations. The only reason that the virus lineage keeps proliferating is the fact that it must be a good virion in order to get out and infect other cells. Strong selective pressure to maintain genomic integrity.

viruses leave lots of junk behind


Ressortment of genome segments

Segmented, if dual infection, sometimes the right segments get mixed and do not go into correct capsid.

Less frequent form of diversity forming activity

Some areas of genome, including RDRP, cannot be mutated without causing problems. Also immune pressure on viruses to not become too "foreign"

new variants may be highly virulent


consequences of RNA virus genetic diversity?

mutations arise frequently - cant design drugs/vaccines fast enough

-new variants may cause new diseases

-viruses not pure populations = form a "quasispecies" or a "3d box" that contains all possible variations of genetic traits. in polio, the virus swallowed is different from the virus it mutates into that causes paralysis


what is the quintessential RNA virus?

Poliovirus. it is an enterovirus that is trophic for GI. infects GI epithelial cells but may spread to muscles and neurons


unique - infects only humans, allows for possible eradication

vaccine with live (can cause spread to non-vaccinated) and killed virus (used in US) to form protective antibodies


Poliovirus Disease transmission and pathogenesis

tranmission - fecal oral, persists in water supply

95% asymptomatic or acute GI infection
5% mild disseminated disease
1% classic polio, paralytic infection of motor neurons


RNA viruses display a great deal of genetic diversity due largely to the following (3)

low fidelity of RDRP

ability of viral RNA strands to undergo recombination - exchange nucleiotide sequences which encode for new antigens and virulence factors

ressortment of genome sequences - observed in segmented RNA viruses. can be highly virulent.


Most RNA viruses encode....

RDRP in their genome. Exception are retroviruses which encode reverse transcriptase instead.


which viruses package pre-made RDRP into their virions?

ssRNA (-) and dsRNA viruses always require an RNA (+) intermediate before translation can occur, these viruses must package RDRP into their virions.

SSRNA+ may or may not package RDRP into virion.


If a ssRNA+ lacks RDRP in it's virion....

SSRNA+ may or may not have RDRP ready to go in its capsid

if it does not have RDRP, protein synthesis must occur first before genome replication as RDRP is necessary for replication to occur.


Life cycle of poliovirus

its a non enveloped ssRNA+ virus

1. virion binds cellular receptor on enterocytes in GI (CD155)
2. virion undergoes conformational change, causing capsid proteins to become hydrophobic
3. may fully or partially be endocytosed, capsid opens when it hits enough receptors, forms pore and ejects the under-pressure genome into the cell
4.early in life cycle RDRP is scarce, direct translation of ssRNA(+) genome occurs
5. poliovirus proteins all synthesized at once as polyprotein and cleaved into P1 (capsid proteins. VP1), P2, and P3(includes 3Dpol when cleaved VPG).
6. PRotein synthesis continues and RDRP accumulates leading to production of ssRNA(-) from the poliovirus genome.
7. Using ssRNA(-), RDRP can produce copies of the ssRNA(+) genome.
8. once sufficient capsid proteins have accumulated, virus will have new mRNA(genome copies) packaged instead of translated.


transmission/treatment of poliovirus

Poliovirus is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. (Virions persist in water supplies.) It can be diagnosed by examining motor neuron involvement, as well as through serological and culture-based methods of pathogen identification. Cases are treated by controlling whatever symptoms are present, which may involve breathing support. Prevention methods include vaccination and improving sanitation.


+ vs - strand

+ = sense strand = mRNA
- = antisense strand = mRNA template


For polio

VP =
P =

The polyprotein is cleaved into many P segments which are enzymes, host interacting factors, or proteases.

The VP are virion particles which build the virion.
Within P3 is the VPg = 3dpol which is packaged in each virion
within P1 are the viral particles VP1, VP2, VP3, and VP4 (?)


Translation of poliovirus proteins

genome enters cell, ribosomes recognize and a polyprotein is made. One of teh first products are viral proteases. This allows additional 3pol to be made.


what triggers the switch from translating mRNA to packaging mRNA?

lots of RDRP/capsid/etc.. made, start running out of amino acids.

with lots of capsid proteins, genomes get captured instead of recognized by ribosomes

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