HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS or HPV (virion or virus particle)
Papilloma viruses are small icosahedral viruses containing a double stranded DNA genome. Certain species have been implicated in cervical cancer and a vaccine has now been developed against these viruses. This vaccine was developed in Australia by Professor Ian Frazer. We distribute a video on cervical cancer that was made in 1987. Despite its age, that video emphasised the link between HPV and cancer. It is available from RKM to customers in Australia and New Zealand.
In this computer graphic, the translucent bluish outer layer represents the viral pentamer proteins (arranged as an icosahedral capsid). The red inner ball represents the double stranded DNA genome (viral genes).