General Description, Taxonomy, and Classification
  • Herbert Pfister
Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)


Papillomaviruses are classified as the genus Papillomavirus of the Papovaviridae family by virtue of their capsid structure and biochemical composition (Matthews, 1982). The icosahedral particles contain only DNA and protein, and show a buoyant density in CsCl of 1.34 g/cm3. The single DNA molecule in each virion is double-stranded and circular. Polyomalike viruses form the second Papovaviridae genus, which is distinguished from papillomaviruses by a smaller capsid (55 nm versus 45 nm) and a shorter DNA (7.25 kbp to 8.4 kbp versus 5.25 kbp).


Human Papilloma Virus Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis Laryngeal Papilloma Common Wart Restriction Enzyme Cleavage Site 
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  • Herbert Pfister
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  1. 1.Institut für Klinische VirologieUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenFederal Republic of Germany

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