Classroom Lectures on Human Viral Diseases Presented at the City University of New York. An Explanation of Basic Principles

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This college level instructional aid is a concise yet comprehensible review of human viral diseases specifically designed for beginning microbiology instructors and their students. It presents pathogens initially with respect to their biological identity and as an alternative to their presentation in many college textbooks as pathogens of the human organ systems. The material is up-to-date in advances in the science of microbiology.


“By publishing these series of concise lectures on human viruses, Igor has rendered a powerful teaching tool for beginning instructors during their initial years of coping with the immense amount of information to be covered in preparation for their Microbiology classes. At the same time, this text presents itself as a valuable resource for students of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases as well as for anyone in need of a thorough primer on human viral diseases.”
-Prof. Alvaro Arjona, Clinical Editor
IP & Science Thomson Reuters

“I enthusiastically endorse Igor V. Zaitsev’s book, I believe it will make a useful resource for teachers, biologists, students and general public in the fascinating areas of human viruses.”
-Prof. H. Rodolfo Juliani,
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS)
Rutgers University

“I am absolutely delighted…and I anticipate that biology and chemistry will become more cooperative if easy to read and understand texts of this type are more routinely published.”
-Prof. Thomas F. DeRosa,
The City University of New York

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alvaro Arjona
Lecture I: General Characteristics of Viruses

I. Viral Architecture
II. Viral Replication
1. Attachment
2. Fusion, Penetration and Uncoating
3. Phases of Synthesis: Replication
DNA Viruses
+ssRNA Viruses
-ssRNA Viruses
4. Maturation and Release
Lecture II: Enveloped DNA Viruses

I. Family Herpesviridae
Genus Herpes Simplex Viruses
1. Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1) Infection
2. Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) Infection
Genus Varicellovirus
3. Chickenpox and Shingles
Genus Lymphocryptovirus
4. Infectious Mononucleosis
5. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection
Genus Roseolovirus
6. Roseola (Six Disease)
7. Human Herpes Virus-7 (HHV-7)
Genus Rhadinovirus
8. Herpesvirus Saimiri
II. Family Poxviridae
1. Smallpox
2. Molluscum Contagiosum
III. Family Hepadnaviridae
1. Hepatitis B
Lecture III: Nonenveloped DNA Viruses
I. Family Parvoviridae
1. Erythema Infectiosum
II. Family Papovaviridae
2. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infections
2.1 Venereal Warts Infection
2.2 Mouth Cancer
III. Family Adenoviridae
Lecture IV: Positive Single-Stranded RNA Viruses (+ssRNA Viruses)
I. Family Picornaviridae
1. Poliomyelitis
2. Coxsackievirus Infections
3. Hepatitis A
II. Family Flaviridae
1. Hepatitis C
2. Hepatitis G
3. Yellow Fever
4. Dengue Fever
III. Family Caliciviridae
IV. Family Hepeviridae
1. Hepatitis E
V. Family Togaviridae
1. Eastern Equine Encephalitis
2. Western Equine Encephalitis
3. Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis
4. West Nile Virus
5. German Measles (Rubella)
VI. Family Coronaviridae
1. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
VII. Family Retroviridae
Lecture V: Negative Single-Stranded RNA Viruses (ssRNA Viruses)
I. Family Orthomyxoviridae
1. Viral Influenza (Flu)
II. Family Paramyxoviridae
1. Mumps
2. Measles
3. Respiratory Syncytial Virus
4. Respiratory Infections with Human Parainfluenza Virus
5. Nipah Virus Encephalitis
III. Family Rhabdoviridae
1. Rabies
IV. Family Bunyaviridae
1. California and La Crosse Encephalitides
2. Hantavirus infection
V. Arenaviridae
VI. Filoviridae
1. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
2. Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever
Lecture VI: Double-Stranded RNA Viruses (dsRNA Viruses)
I. Reoviridae
II. Rotaviruses
III. Hepatitus D

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