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Tissue tropism is the cells and tissues of a host that support growth of a particular virus or bacterium. Some bacteria and viruses have a broad tissue tropism and can infect many types of cells and tissues. Other viruses may infect primarily a single tissue. For example, rabies virus affects primarily neuronal tissue.
Factors influencing viral tissue tropism include:
- The presence of cellular receptors permitting viral entry.
- Availability of transcription factors involved in viral replication.
- The molecular nature of the viral tropogen.
The cellular receptors are the proteins found on a cell or viral surface. These receptors are like keys, allowing the viral cell to fuse with or attach itself to a cell. The way that these proteins are acquired is through a similar process to that of an infection cycle.
How 'tropic' tissue is acquired
Tissue tropism develops in the following stages:
- Virus with GPX enters body (where GP - glycoprotein and X is the numeric value given to the GP)
- Viral cell "targets" cell with a GPX receptors
- Viral cell fuses with the host cell and inserts its contents into the host cell
- Reverse transcription occurs
- Viral DNA is incorporated with host DNA via viral enzyme
- Production of RNA and viral protein
- Viral particle is assembled
- Viral particle buds out of the cell, taking a chunk of the cell membrane with it and acquiring a new tissue with all the receptors it needs to continue tissue tropism
- Raven, Peter H.(2008). "Biology 8th Edition". New York, McGraw-Hill.