Hepatitis Delta Virus

With 25 Figures and 12 Tables


Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Georgetown University

3900 Reservoir Road, NW

Washington, DC 20007

e-mail: [email protected]

The cover illustration is a simplified structure of hepatitis delta virus showing the internal ribo-nucleoprotein complex, which contains the circular RNA genome and the two forms of the hepatitis delta antigen; the envelope proteins ofhepatitis B virus form the exterior of the virus. The inset is an electron micrograph of purified hepatitis delta virus particles, and was kindly provided by Dr. John Gerin. The background immunofluorescence image is oftransfected cells expressing hepatitis delta antigen, and was kindly provided by Dawn Defenbaugh.

Library of Congress Catalog Number 72-152360 ISSN 0070-217X

ISBN-10 3-540-29801-0 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York ISBN-13 978-3-540-29801-4 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York

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