MERS-CoV Photos

Coronaviruses derive their name from the fact that under electron microscopic examination, each virion is surrounded by a “corona,” or halo. This is due to the presence of viral spike peplomers emanating from each proteinaceous envelope.

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Image source: Cynthia Goldsmith/Azaibi Tamin

An electron micrograph of a thin section of MERS-CoV, showing the spherical particles within the cytoplasm of an infected cell.

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Image source: Jennifer L. Harcourt

Human serum antibodies react with MERS-CoV-infected Vero cells, indicating the patient has been infected with MERS-CoV.

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Image source: Cynthia Goldsmith/Maureen Metcalfe/Azaibi Tamin

MERS-CoV particles as seen by negative stain electron microscopy. Virions contain characteristic club-like projections emanating from the viral membrane.

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Image source: Cynthia Goldsmith/Maureen Metcalfe/Azaibi Tamin

MERS-CoV particles as seen by negative stain electron microscopy. Virions contain characteristic club-like projections emanating from the viral membrane.

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Image source: Maureen Metcalfe/Azaibi Tamin

An electron micrograph of a thin section of MERS-CoV, showing the spherical particles and cross-sections through the viral nucleocapsid.

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Image source: Cynthia Goldsmith/Azaibi Tamin

Negative stain electron microscopy shows a MERS-CoV particle with club-shaped surface projections surrounding the periphery of the particle, a characteristic feature of coronaviruses.

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