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  • Posted: 06/02/2006
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Virus Uncoats

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The HPV sits inside the epithelial cells housed in a protective shell made of a viral protein called L1. After the virus enters the cell, the viral coat is degraded, leading to the release of the virus' genetic material into the cell and its nucleus. From the nucleus, the genes of the virus are expressed, including two genes called E6 and E7, which instruct the cell to build viral proteins called E6 and E7.

Virus Uncoats