The unconventional way out-Egress of HCMV through multiviral bodies

Mol Microbiol. 2022 Jun;117(6):1317-1323. doi: 10.1111/mmi.14946. Epub 2022 Jun 6.


Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a ubiquitous herpesvirus and the leading cause of congenital disabilities as well as a significant cause of disease in immunocompromised patients. The envelopment and egress of HCMV particles is an essential step of the viral life cycle as it determines viral spread and potentially tropism. Here we review the current literature on HCMV envelopment and egress with a particular focus on the role of virus-containing multivesicular body-like vesicles for virus egress and spread. We discuss the difficulties of determining the cellular provenance of these structures in light of viral redistribution of cellular marker proteins and provide potential paths to illuminate their genesis. Finally, we discuss how divergent egress pathways could result in virions of different tropisms.

Keywords: HCMV; MVB; MViB; egress; envelopment.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cytomegalovirus* / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Virion
  • Virus Assembly*


  • Proteins