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Will any viruses simply infect different cells after their host cell suicides

  1. Aug 14, 2011 #1
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 14, 2011 #2
    No they can't. That is because the infected cells die via apoptosis which is programmed cell death. Apoptosis makes a cell disintegrate into many fragments called apototic bodies, which are then engulfed immediately by phagocytes and destroyed by their lysosomes. These apoptotic bodies are membrane bound sealed vesicles so the contents of the cell do not get a chance to actually interact with anything else. Therefore the viruses simply cannot infect other cells after their own host cell suicides.
     
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