Modification of membrane permeability by animal viruses

Pharmacol Ther. 1989;40(2):171-212. doi: 10.1016/0163-7258(89)90096-x.


Animal viruses modify membrane permeability during lytic infection. There is a co-entry of macromolecules and virion particules during virus penetration and a drastic change in transport and membrane permeability at the late stages of the lytic cycle. Both events are of importance to understand different molecular aspects of viral infection, as virus entry into the cell and the interference of virus infection with cellular metabolism. Other methods of cell permeabilization of potential relevance to understand the mechanism of viral damage of the membrane are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane Permeability*
  • Cell Transformation, Viral
  • Chick Embryo
  • Endocytosis
  • Humans
  • Membrane Fusion
  • Virus Diseases / metabolism
  • Virus Physiological Phenomena*