Special Issue "Electron Microscopy in Virus Diagnostics and Research"


A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Laue
Robert Koch Institute, Germany
Website: http://www.rki.de
E-Mail: LaueM@rki.de
Phone: +49 30 18754 2675
Fax: +49 30 18754 2479

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For about 75 years electron microscopy is used to investigate viruses. While the focus of applications has changed over the years, it is still important to visualize virus structures and the cellular context in which they occur. Electron microscopy provides an “open view” about all matter present in a sample which helps to find even the unexpected. Besides a bare description of structures, information collected by electron microscopy allows to generate new hypothesis and ideas about many aspects of the virus life cycle, especially if applied in conjunction with other methods.

The major idea of this special issue of Viruses is to compile high quality papers which show how electron microscopy is used in research and diagnostics of viruses today.

Contributions may cover the following fields of applications:

  • development of techniques and methods
  • structural biology of viruses
  • cell biology of infection, replication, assembly and egress
  • description of new viruses
  • clinical aspects of viral infections
  • diagnostics

Reports of original data and reviews about relevant aspects are highly welcome.

Dr. Michael Laue
Guest Editor


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  • virus
  • ultrastructure
  • electron microscopy
  • replication
  • identification
  • assembly
  • diagnostics
  • infectious disease

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p. 3458-3471
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Viruses 2014, 6(9), 3458-3471; doi:10.3390/v6093458
Received: 11 August 2014; in revised form: 7 September 2014 / Accepted: 12 September 2014 / Published: 19 September 2014
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Viruses 2014, 6(7), 2826-2857; doi:10.3390/v6072826
Received: 29 April 2014; in revised form: 2 June 2014 / Accepted: 24 June 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014
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Viruses 2014, 6(6), 2505-2518; doi:10.3390/v6062505
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 9 June 2014 / Accepted: 17 June 2014 / Published: 23 June 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Evaluation of Virus Inactivation by Formaldehyde to Support Biosafety of Diagnostic Electron Microscopy

Authors: Möller, L.1; Hanisch, M. 2; Kurth, A. 4; Nitsche, A. 3; Schwebke, I. 2; Laue, M. 1
1Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy (ZBS 4)
Hospital Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Control (FG 14)
Highly Pathogenic Viruses (ZBS 1)
Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory (ZBS 5)
Robert Koch Institute, D-13353 Berlin, Germany
Formaldehyde (FA) inactivation of infectious agents is well established in the field of diagnostic electron microscopy of viruses. However, published experimental data that directly prove inactivation by the procedures used are lacking. Usually, inactivation is performed more or less directly before preparation of the samples for microscopy is taking place. The process must transform viruses in a non-infectious but structurally intact form to allow a proper diagnosis based on morphology. FA provides an essential advantage in comparison to other disinfectants, because it preserves the ultrastructure of biological material without interfering significantly with the preparation protocol (i.e. the negative staining). To check the efficiency of FA inactivation we have used vaccinia virus, adenovirus and murine norovirus as models and treated them with different protocols using formaldehyde. Critical factors for the inactivation efficiency were concentration of the FA, duration and temperature of the treatment as well as the complexity of the virus. Our results show that inactivation at low temperature (4 to 8°C) is not sufficient regardless of its duration and that increasing the temperature (up to 37° C) is completing and shortening the inactivation process which improves both biosafety and speed of diagnostic electron microscopy.

Last update: 15 September 2014

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