ONCOGENOUS VIRUSES (Greek onkos the weight, a tumor + gennao to create, make; viruses: synonym onkovirusa) — group of viruses, obladayushchmkh ability to cause transformation of normal cells of eukaryotes in tumoral. A. Borel and F. J. Bose, Ellermann and Bang (V. Ellermann, O. of Bang, 1908) were the first researchers who introduced in 1903 the idea that tumors, in particular cancer, can be caused by agents of the virus nature. A bit later Raus (1911) in an experiment established a virus etiology of a leukosis and sarcoma of hens. However these works long did not find recognition especially as at that time leukoses did not consider neoplastic diseases. Only in 1966 F. Raus was conferred the Nobel Prize for fundamental researches in the field of an onkovirusologiya.
The idea about a role of viruses in developing of tumors long since occupied minds of the Russian scientists. I. I. Mechnikov in 1909 publicly declared: «Very possibly..., that cancer diseases of the person are obliged by the origin to some virus, to-ry diligent look for, but did not find yet». Developing a thought of participation of viruses in developing of tumors, I. I. Mechnikov in 1910 claimed that only one penetration of viruses into an organism is not enough for development of cancer and that they can show the pathogenesity only under the corresponding conditions, the basic from to-rykh it considered availability of chronically struck fabrics.
Long time of attempt to allocate a virus, to-ry causes tumors in mammals, remained ineffectual. Moreover, the fact of receiving tumors at hens as a result of administration of various chemical substances called cancerogenic by it was capable to shake opinion on wildlife of the activator and on its belonging to viruses. Nevertheless even those years wrote (1930 — 1931) N. F. Gamaley: «... if cells of sarcoma can arise in an organism of chicken or in fabric cultures without introduction of a virus, and under the influence of sterile substances..., it is necessary to assume that the sarkomatozny virus predsushchestvut in latent healthy sections., without showing the presence..., does not interfere them with normal life and has no independent metabolism since does not change them to assimilation». This situation allows to consider that N. f. Gamaley the first predicted existence and value of endogenous onkovirus.
Only in 1932 — 1933 R. Shoup described viral tumors at mammals — fibroma and papilloma of wild rabbits, from to-rykh the last could regenerate in a carcinoma. Then J. Bittner described a virus of cancer of mammary glands of mice in 1936, and in 1951 Lgross reported about allocation of a virus of a leukosis of mice. The researches conducted in the different countries showed that O.'s number of century is quite high and makes more than 200. Among O. century there are both DNA - and the RNA-containing viruses.
RNA-containing O. of century (oncornaviruses) represent the most numerous group of the viruses which are an origin of malignant new growths at feral hosts (see. Retrovirusa ). DNA-containing O. of century divide into three groups: viruses of papillomas (see. Papova viruses ), viruses of group of herpes (see. Herpes viruses ) and viruses of group of smallpox (see. Poksvirusa ), to-rye have property to cause various tumors. Among O. century there are viruses causing tumors practically in all representatives of fauna (see the tab.). Only identification of RNA-containing O. of century in tumors of the person still remains unspecified.
On morphology of RNA-containing O. of century divide into onkovirusa (or retroviruses) type A, B, C and D (fig. 1,7 — 4). Lakes of century of type A are considered by hl. obr. as intracellular predecessors of O. of century of types B, SI D. Assume also that among O. century of type A there is an independent group of viruses, the role to-rykh is unknown. Lakes of century of type B are activators of carcinomas of mammary glands at mice, and O. century of type C — leukoses and sarcomas at birds and mammals; Lakes of century like D combine a virus of monkeys of Meyzon — Pfayzera, a virus of the intertwined cancer cells of the person, endogenous viruses of squirrels and monkeys.
The structure and morphogenesis of DNA-containing O. of century are various and similar to the submicroscopic organization and intracellular development inf. viruses of group of smallpox, herpes, adenoviruses, Papova viruses (fig. 1, 5—8 and fig. 2).
The RNA-containing O. extracellular virions of century consist of the cover and a core having rather complex structure as, e.g., at O. century of type From mammals (fig. 3 — 4). Two main signs are characteristic of intracellular development of RNA-containing O. of century: integration of a virus DNA transcript (DNK-ovoy copies of the virus RNA-containing genome, edges it is synthesized by virus enzyme — revertazy) with a genome of a cell and existence of an additional stage of a differentiation (maturing) at allocated (or allocated) from O.'s cell of century (tsvetn. fig.).
In addition to usual RNA-containing of oncogenous viruses (fig. 5, a), described the RNA-containing O. so-called minimum forms of century (fig. 5, in, d), to-rye are found in population of onkovirus of type A, C and D. They differ in smaller size and form or on a surface of a cell, or in the course of fragmentation of extracellular onkovirus under unfavorable conditions of cultivation. In similar conditions numerous abnormal forms of onkovirus, in particular their huge forms (fig. 6) come to light.
The big role in formation of a modern onkovirusologiya belongs to the Soviet scientist L. A. Zilber who for the first time stated a hypothesis of a possibility of integrative interaction of tumoral viruses and cells, edges afterwards gained full and universal recognition as the viruso-genetic theory of developing of tumors (L. A. Zilber, 1968).
In process of accumulation of data there was the following scheme of the mechanism of virus carcinogenesis. Virus genetic material is fixed in a cell, becomes a component of a cellular genome. As a part of the fixed virus genome is available a gene (genes), the product to-rogo directly is responsible for transformation of a normal cell in tumoral (such genes received the name of oncogenes). The product of an oncogene («cancer protein») which is formed as a result of functioning of an oncogene with firmness breaks normal regulation of cellular division — the cell becomes tumoral. As for volumetric and physical cancerogenic factors, they increase activity till that time of the viruses which were not showing the tumoral nature.
Strengthening of oncogenic properties O. of century at infection of animals not - oncogenous viruses was for the first time described by the Soviet virologist N. P. Mazurenko in 1957 — 1962 and received the name of a virusnovirusny kokantserogenez (see. Carcinogenesis ).
In addition to RNA-containing O. of the century getting to a cell from the outside so-called endogenous onkovirusa, genetic information are found to-rykh contains in a genome of all cells of this species of animals (including and in a genome of sex cells). Cells of natural owners of all known endogenous viruses are adverse for reproduction of these viruses. The role of endogenous onkovirus is unknown. The Soviet virologists V. M. Zhdanov and T. I. Tikhonenko suggested that these endogenous onkovirusa can be one of factors of a cellular differentiation and exchange of genetic information in the biosphere.
See also Viruses .
Table. Oncogenous viruses of vertebrata and diseases caused by them (or detection of a virus)
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