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What is Papovavirus?

Papovavirus is a virus that belongs to the Papillomaviridae and Polyomaviridae families. Papovaviruses cause various abnormal growths in animals, including warts (papillomas) in humans, dogs, and other animals, cervical cancer in women, tumours (polyomas) in mice, and vacuoles (open areas) in monkey cells.

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The virus particle (virion) has a diameter of 45 nm (1 nm=10−9  metre). The capsid's outer surface (the protein shell that surrounds the viral nucleic acids) is icosahedral and made up of 72 capsomeres (capsid subunits). Double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid is found in the capsid (DNA). Papovaviruses grow in the nuclei of cells, where they appear as crystalline arrangements.

Structure of Papovavirus

Polyomaviruses are icosahedral particles with a 45-nm diameter and three capsid proteins but no envelope. They have a circular, double-stranded DNA genome of 5 kbp. All polyomaviruses have the same genome structure, which consists of two or three replicative genes (tumour antigens) encoded on one strand and three structural genes (capsid antigens) encoded on the other.

Classification and Antigenic Types of Papovavirus

The structure of the viral particle is used to classify it. Human and animal polyomaviruses are antigenically distinct, with each virus having only one serotype. The prototype is a monkey-borne simian virus 40 (SV40).

Multiplication of Papovavirus

In the nuclei of infected cells, viral DNA uncoils. Early viral genes are expressed, and host cells are stimulated to enter the S phase, resulting in the production of cellular enzymes that are used to synthesise viral DNA. Progeny virions are assembled in nuclei, and late viral genes are expressed. Cell lysis takes place later. Virus particles are frequently found in cell debris. The papovaviruses have the potential to cause cancer (the papillomaviruses in their natural hosts and the polyomaviruses under experimental conditions).

Host Defenses of Papovavirus

Infections last for a long time and produce humoral antibodies as well as cytotoxic T cells. In immunocompromised people, viral reactivation occurs. The background for the development of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is impaired cell-mediated immunity. Papovaviruses weakly induce interferon, and their sensitivity to interferon's antiviral action varies. Interferon can stop polyomaviruses from transforming cells.

Epidemiology of Papovavirus

Polyomaviruses of the BK and JC types are common. Childhood infections are common, and 70 to 80 percent of adults have antibodies. The transmission route is unknown, but it could be respiratory. Animal reservoirs do not exist for human viruses. Antibodies to SV40, a simian virus, are found in a small percentage of humans. The exact mechanism of SV40 exposure is unknown.

What is Human Papovavirus?

Papovaviruses are non-enveloped DNA viruses with similar morphological characteristics and replication processes. The acronym "papova" is made up of the first two letters of "human papillomavirus," "mouse polyomavirus," and "simian vacuolating virus" (simian virus 40, SV40) (Melnick, 1962). The papovaviruses are naturally divided into two subgroups: the larger papilloma (wart) viruses, which cause benign skin or mucous membrane tumours, and the smaller SV40-polyoma viruses, which mostly cause urinary tract infections and are oncogenic in laboratory animals.

It has been proposed that the papovaviruses be classified as a family, Papovaviridae, with two genera, Papovavirus A (papillomaviruses) and Papovavirus B (viruses of the SV40-polyoma subgroup), and that virus species be assigned numerical designations (Melnick et al., 1974).

Papovavirus Treatment

The human papovaviruses BK and JC are members of the human papovavirus family. After transplantation, virus reactivation has been linked to hemorrhagic cystitis, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, and interstitial nephritis. Papovavirus can be detected in body fluids and tissues using specific in situ hybridization and PCR techniques. In the clinical setting, viral culture is rarely used.

Despite the fact that cidofovir has been used to treat papovavirus infections, an effective treatment has yet to be discovered. In stem cell transplant recipients, CMX001, an oral lipid conjugate of cidofovir with enhanced in vitro activity for BK virus, was found to reduce BK virus-associated cystitis.


Papillomavirus and Polyomavirus are two genera in the Papovaviridae family. Papillomaviruses are naturally tumorigenic viruses that cause papillomas (warts) in a variety of species. Only those that affect cattle, horses, and dogs are likely to necessitate veterinary care. They appear in young animals as areas of simple hyperplasia or benign neoplasms, and they usually go away on their own. Bovine, human, and rabbit papillomaviruses, on the other hand, produce carcinomas when they interact with certain cofactors. Papillomaviruses have never been grown in cultured cells, which has limited research to the pathology of lesions, virion ultrastructure, and experiments on t cells.

However, cloning restriction fragments of Papillomavirus DNAs obtained from virions purified from papillomas became possible a few years ago. Molecular hybridization, heteroduplex mapping, and DNA sequencing have all been made possible as a result of this. This has greatly increased our understanding of papillomaviruses and sparked renewed interest in their tumorigenesis mechanisms. Although polyomavirus infections do not cause disease in their natural hosts, some of these viruses can cause tumours when inoculated into newborn rodents.

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FAQs on Papovavirus

Q1. What is Papovavirus Definition?

Answer. One of the many virus families linked to human disease is the Papovavirus Family. Polyomavirus and Papillomavirus are two subfamilies or genera of the Papovavirus. The family name, on the other hand, is more indicative of the virus's history than of its component subsets. Papova is named after the first viruses described to define the family, rather than a combination of subfamilies.

Papilloma Virus in Rabbits

Polyoma Virus in Mice

The Simian Vacuolating Virus is a virus that isolates people.

Warts have been thought to be caused by an infectious agent for centuries. It had long been known that the disease could be passed from person to person. The first papillomavirus, however, was not scientifically described until 1933. The rabbit Shope papillomavirus became the first specific experimental example of viral association with warts soon after.

Q2. What is the Treatment for Parvovirus in Humans?

Answer. Self-care treatment at home is usually sufficient for uncomplicated parvovirus infection. People with severe anaemia may require hospitalisation and blood transfusions. Antibodies may be given to those with weakened immune systems via immune globulin injections to treat the infection.

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