New findings detail structure of immature Zika virus
Researchers at Purdue University have determined the high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus, a step toward better understanding how the virus infects host cells and spreads.
Zika belongs to a family of viruses called flaviviruses, which includes dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitic viruses. Although only the mature forms of flaviviruses are considered infectious, the virus population secreted from host cells is a mixture of mature, partially mature and immature virus particles.

“It is, therefore, probable that the immature form of Zika also plays a role in virus infection and spread,” said Michael Rossmann, Purdue’s Hanley Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences....

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2017/Q1/new-findings-detail-structure-of-immature-zika-virus.html
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