Electron cryotomography of SARS-CoV-2 virions reveals cylinder-shaped particles with a double layer RNP assemblyMore about Open Access at the Crick
Authors listLesley Calder Tom Calcraft Saira Hussain Ruth Harvey Peter Rosenthal
SARS-CoV-2 is a lipid-enveloped Betacoronavirus and cause of the Covid-19 pandemic. To study the three-dimensional architecture of the virus, we perform electron cryotomography (cryo-ET) on SARS-Cov-2 virions and three variants revealing particles of regular cylindrical morphology. The ribonucleoprotein particles packaging the genome in the virion interior form a dense, double layer assembly with a cylindrical shape related to the overall particle morphology. This organisation suggests structural interactions important to virus assembly.
Journal Communications Biology
Issue number 1