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Some Viral Adhesins and Their Host Attachment Sites
Pathogen Disease Adhesin Attachment Site
Influenzavirus Influenza Hemagglutinin Sialic acid of respiratory and intestinal cells
Herpes simplex virus I or II Oral herpes, genital herpes Glycoproteins gB, gC, gD Heparan sulfate on mucosal surfaces of the mouth and genitals
Human immunodeficiency virus HIV/AIDS Glycoprotein gp120 CD4 and CCR5 or CXCR4 of immune system cells

Antigenic variation in viruses

Antigenic variation also occurs in certain types of enveloped viruses, including influenza viruses, which exhibit two forms of antigenic variation: antigenic drift and antigenic shift ( [link] ). Antigenic drift is the result of point mutations causing slight changes in the spike proteins hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). On the other hand, antigenic shift is a major change in spike proteins due to gene reassortment. This reassortment for antigenic shift occurs typically when two different influenza viruses infect the same host.

The rate of antigenic variation in influenza viruses is very high, making it difficult for the immune system to recognize the many different strains of Influenzavirus. Although the body may develop immunity to one strain through natural exposure or vaccination, antigenic variation results in the continual emergence of new strains that the immune system will not recognize. This is the main reason that vaccines against Influenzavirus must be given annually. Each year’s influenza vaccine provides protection against the most prevalent strains for that year, but new or different strains may be more prevalent the following year.

a) antigenic drift results from genetic mutations. Virus A is shown with different shaped pieces on the outside labeled neuraminidase and hemagglutinin. The mutated hemagglutinin has a different shape. B) Antigenic shift results from genetic reassortment. Virus A has green hemagglutinin and orange neuraminidase on the outside. Virus B has purple neuraminidase and blue hemagglutinin. These both enter the same host cell. Virus C is then produced which has the neuraminidase from virus A and the hemagglutinin from virus B.
Antigenic drift and antigenic shift in influenza viruses. (a) In antigenic drift, mutations in the genes for the surface proteins neuraminidase and/or hemagglutinin result in small antigenic changes over time. (b) In antigenic shift, simultaneous infection of a cell with two different influenza viruses results in mixing of the genes. The resultant virus possesses a mixture of the proteins of the original viruses. Influenza pandemics can often be traced to antigenic shifts.
  • Describe the role of adhesins in viral tropism.
  • Explain the difference between antigenic drift and antigenic shift.

Key concepts and summary

  • Virulence factors contribute to a pathogen’s ability to cause disease.
  • Exoenzymes and toxins allow pathogens to invade host tissue and cause tissue damage. Exoenzymes are classified according to the macromolecule they target and exotoxins are classified based on their mechanism of action.
  • Bacterial toxins include endotoxin and exotoxins . Endotoxin is the lipid A component of the LPS of the gram-negative cell envelope. Exotoxins are proteins secreted mainly by gram-positive bacteria, but also are secreted by gram-negative bacteria.
  • Bacterial pathogens may evade the host immune response by producing capsules to avoid phagocytosis, surviving the intracellular environment of phagocytes, degrading antibodies, or through antigenic variation .
  • Viral pathogens use adhesins for initiating infections and antigenic variation to avoid immune defenses.
  • Influenza viruses use both antigenic drift and antigenic shift to avoid being recognized by the immune system.

Fill in the blank

The glycoprotein adhesion gp120 on HIV must interact with __________ on some immune cells as the first step in the process of infecting the cell.

CD4

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Adhesins are usually located on __________ of the pathogen and are composed mainly of __________ and __________.

surface; proteins; sugars

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The Shiga and diphtheria toxins target __________ in host cells.

protein synthesis

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Antigenic __________ is the result of reassortment of genes responsible for the production of influenza virus spike proteins between different virus particles while in the same host, whereas antigenic __________ is the result of point mutations in the spike proteins.

shift; drift

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Questions & Answers

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alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy there are water soluble compounds and often use as exfoliant
Enow
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Kelsi-Ann Reply
A positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus (or (+)ssRNA virus) is a virus that uses positive sense single stranded RNA as its genetic material. Single stranded RNA viruses are classified as positive or negative depending on the sense or polarity of the RNA.
Dejene
 The positive-sense viral RNA genome can serve as messenger RNA and can be translated into protein in the host cell. Positive-sense ssRNA viruses belong to Group IV in the Baltimore classification. Positive-sense RNA viruses account for a large fraction of known viruses, including many pathogens
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such as the hepaci virus C, West nail virus, dengue virus, SARS and MERS coronaviruses, and SARS-CoV-2 as well as less clinically serious pathogens such as the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold.
Dejene
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Brian
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John Reply
Do you mean the shapes or the the two different types of bacteria? Bacteria are often described in terms of their general shape. Common shapes include spherical (coccus), rod-shaped (bacillus), or curved (spirillum, spirochete, or vibrio) The two different types are gram negative or gram positive.
Melanie
what other characteristics of prokaryotes a bacteria don't have?
Brian
Prokaryotes are single-celled organisms belonging to the domains Bacteria and Archaea. Prokaryotic cells are much smaller than eukaryotic cells, have no nucelus, and lack organelles. All prokaryotic cells are encased by a cell wall. Many also have a capsule or slime layer made of polysaccharide.
Dejene
gram positive bacteria and gram negative bacteria
mubeen
Most bacteria can be broadly classified as Gram positive or Gram negative. Gram positive bacteria have cell walls composed of thick layers of peptidoglycan.cells stain purple when subjected to a Gram stain procedure. Gram negative bacteria have cell walls with a thin layer of peptidoglycan.
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Caro
what are the bacteria's involved in the decaying of food
Enow Reply
Some pathogenic bacteria, such as Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus cereus, are capable of causing spoilage.
Dejene
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isir
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Hasan
biochemistry is the branch of science that dealing of chemical compounds reactions and other processes
isir
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Hasan
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they are on
Monyditchol
what are the symptoms for tuberculosis
Chiamaka
Most people infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis don't have symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they usually include a cough (sometimes blood-tinged), weight loss, night sweats and fever.
Dejene
symptoms tuberculosis. Fever Chills Night sweats Cough Loss of appetite Weight loss Blood in the sputum (phlegm) Loss of energy
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Abdul
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no
Oke
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intersted
Do
no
Esther
No
John
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Benjamin
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Rebecca
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we term it as discharge
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What is a varuis
evans
A submicroscopic infectious organism, now understood to be a non-cellular structure consisting of a core of DNA or RNA surrounded by a protein coat. It requires a living cell to replicate, and often causes disease
Ebo
A virus is a biological agent that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts. When infected by a virus, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an extraordinary rate
Dejene
A virus is a microorganism which invade our bodies causing diseases due to eliciting immune responses by the body against it, can replicate using our genome inducing production of proteins helping them to establish new life inside our bodies.
What are the important of capsules
Marriam Reply
what are the roles of male sex hormones
Marriam
Testosterone is the principal sex hormone inmales and is produced in the testes (testicles). Dihydrotestosterone is a hormonein which the double bond of testosterone has been reduced by enzyrne reactions in the body. ... The testes perform two functions: They produce sperm, and they producetestoster
Dejene
Capsules in bacteria protect them from phagocytosis of eukaryotic organisms. This is what makes them virulent and harmful without antibodies.
Lewis
any one told me definition of amoebic dysentery & amoebic liver dysentery?
Mira
Amoebiasis, also known amoebic dysentery, is an infection caused by any of the amobae of the Entamoeba group. Symptoms are most common during infection by Entamoeba histolytica. Amoebiasis can be present with no, mild, or severe symptoms. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea....
Dejene
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Capsules function similarly to endospores they provide an extra layer of protection especially in acidic or basic environments. It is also a thicker membrane which can change the osmosis process and can provides resistance to antibotics depending if it is gram negative or positive.
Melanie
...As some antibotics focus on breaking down the cell wall and is not able to.
Melanie
what are the clinical classification of amoxicillin?
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simply autoimmune disease is not completely understood. There are many variations from genetically inherited to acquired by viruses like HIV. Genetically they may not be prominent until an unknown point in one's life. I am far from an expert, I am just reciting what I have learned. Take rheumatoid
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Anatomy is the study of parts of the human body
Matilda
the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.
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Describe the halden effect
Suleiman
The Haldane effect is a property of haemoglobin first described by John ScottHaldane. Oxygenation of blood in the lungs displaces carbon dioxide from hemoglobin which increases the removal of carbon dioxide. This property is the Haldane effect.
Dejene
Difference between chief cells and parietal cells in the stomach
Suleiman
 Parietal cells are the epithelialcells that secrete HCl and intrinsic factor. They are located in the gastric glands found in lining of fundus and stomach. The gastric chief cells , are cells in the stomach that release pepsinogen and chymosin.
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is the study of structure and organs located in human life
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essay on microbiology and how it contribute to the pharmacy assistant programme
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I want to know how it contribute to the pharmacy assistant programme
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Contribute how? If you want to contribute to pharmaceutical stuff you should look for websites with blogs that relate to your interests.
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Dejene
Microbiology is the study of bacteria and and organisms such as viruses, fungi, and mold. How does this apply to medicine? It applies to medicine or pharmacology because when you get sick you are infected by a pathogen and understanding how these organisms interact with each other helps you to....
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develop medicine. A lot of bacteria infections can be cured with various medicines but not all medicines work equally. It depends if your sickness is based on gram positve or negative bacteria, if its s mold or fungus or a virius. Each medicine targets a certain one.
Melanie
If you need any ideas I recommend looking up Louis Pastar who used microbiology to invent a lot of medicines and contributed greatly to microbiology and pharmaceutical.
Melanie
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Eric Reply
Bacteria is a microscopic organism belonging to the kingdom prokaryotic
John
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Oliver
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Eric
A prokaryotes does not have lipid- bilayer bound organelles, they can reproduce by binary fission, they have a DNA region, most have a cell well, contains a plasmid, 70s ribosomes, high mutation rate due lack of certain DNA replication enzymes.
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