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VIRAL INFECTION

Filamentous viruses prevail under pressure

Enveloped viruses often produce particles with varying shapes. Elongated particles are shown to be crucial for maintaining infectivity under conditions in which viral glycoprotein activity is compromised.

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Fig. 1: Influenza A virus particles can be spherical or filamentous, with a wide range of filament lengths produced.

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Lowen, A.C. Filamentous viruses prevail under pressure. Nat Microbiol 6, 536–537 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-021-00903-1

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