Assembly of Human Papilloma Virus Virus-Like Particles
An illustration of how the human papillomavirus (HPV) capsid self-assembles in vitro from individual proteins into virus-like particles. Pharmaceutical companies take advantage of this process to produce vaccines made of non-infectious, empty viral capsids, which elicit a long-lasting immune reaction that can efficiently neutralize the uptake of infectious human papilloma virus and thus prevent the development of cervical cancer.
This video, created by Prof. Matthias Wolf, won second prize in the Biophysical Society’s 2012 video contest.
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