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The Structure of Chickenpox

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Alyssa Smith

on 16 October 2014

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The Structure of Chickenpox
Tegument - nautral outer cover
What's VZV?
Variicella-Zoster Virus is what causes chickenpox.
Any class of proteins that have carbohydrate groups attached to the polypeptide chain.
The outermost layer of VZV is the envelope, composed of lipids (fats). In addition to giving structure to the viral particle, called a virion, the envelope contains glycoproteins that enable the virus to identify and bind to its target neuron cells
The tegument is the next layer of VZV. It contains the virus as well as proteins and enzymes used by the virus to replicate itself.

A substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reacton
The capsid of the varicella-zoster virus contains and protects the DNA, which is carried into the nucleus of infected host cells. The Capsid is generally shaped in a polygonal or spherical shape.
The genetic material, DNA, of VZV is contained within the capsid. The DNA codes proteins are necessary for the replication of the virus.
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