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In Microbiology Needing info about tortoise and Herpes

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by Emily Vail, Nov 12, 2017.

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When herpes is in tortoise how does it take over host?

  1. IT penetraits host cell and replicates RNA

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  2. it does something more advanced?

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  1. Emily Vail

    Emily Vail New Member

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    Hello
    I am a student of Microbiology. I am writing a presentation about tortoise specially the Mojave Desert Tortoise and Herpes. I am needing however information I cannot find.
    Does any one know that what the herpes does to replicate its self from the host after it is infected? the way Herpes gets transmitted is through contract,, via orally like sharing food, droplets if the tortoise as a runny nose or mouth and other tortoise is around. This is a 100% mortality and is very very contagious. But What I DO NOT KNOW is how it infects the host cells. if any one can Help before tomorrow I sure would appreciate it. my email is E.elyce.vail@gmail.com
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    allegraf Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    @Redstrike, @boah those are the biologist I know of on the forum. Good luck
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    Emily Vail New Member

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    Great thank you
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    I'm a wildlife biologist with some experience in molecular biology - so I'm not a molecular specialist and can't provide exceptional detail on membrane mechanics between Herpes virus and tortoise cells. Herpes virus is pretty diverse but ultimately the virus interacts with protein receptors on the host (tortoise) cell and forces entry into the host. It's a chemical, chain-reaction of events that signals the cell membrane to accept the virus based on host-virus membrane interactions.

    Beyond that, I can't provide many specifics to cellular dynamics between tortoises and herpes virus or tell you which specific proteins/receptors the virus and the cell are using. I would recommend going to your college's library to find specifics. You'll have a lot of resources at your fingertips there. I did turn up one publication on cell-herpes mechanics for humans, perhaps there are publications for tortoises?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2801626/

    Good luck!
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    Redstrike Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Also, the herpes virus' I know are DNA based (vs. RNA) so that means they infiltrate the cells nucleus to replicate themselves. RNA virus' use the ribosomes in the cytoplasm, bypassing the nucleus.
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