Enveloped, brick-shaped about 320×250x200nm. Two distinct infectious virus particles exists: the intracellular mature virus (IMV) and the extracellular enveloped virus (EEV).


Linear, dsDNA genome about 190kb. The linear genome is flanked by inverted terminal repeat (ITR) sequences which are covalently-closed at their extremities.
Molluscum contagiosum virus strain subtype 1 genome at Poxvirus Bioinformatics Ressource center




  1. Attachement of the viral proteins to host glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) mediates endocytosis of the virus into the host cell.
  2. Fusion with the plasma membrane to release the core into the host cytoplasm.
  3. Early phase: early genes are transcribed in the cytoplasm by viral RNA polymerase. Early expression begins at 30 minutes post-infection.
  4. Core is completely uncoated as early expression ends, viral genome is now free in the cytoplasm.
  5. Intermediate phase: Intermediate genes are expressed, triggering genomic DNA replication at approximately 100 minutes post-infection.
  6. Late phase: Late genes are expressed from 140 min to 48 hours post-infection, producing all structural proteins.
  7. Assembly of progeny virions starts in cytoplasmic viral factories, producing an spherical immature particle. This virus particle matures into brick-shaped intracellular mature virion (IMV).
  8. IMV virion can be released upon cell lysis, or can acquire a second double membrane from trans-Golgi and bud as external enveloped virion (EEV).

Host-virus interaction

Apoptosis modulation

Molluscipoxviruses encode a viral FLICE-inhibitory protein that prevents apoptosis induced by death receptors .

NF-kappa-B modulation

MC159 protein from the molluscum contagiosum inhibits NF-kappa-B activation by interacting with the IkB kinase complex .

Matching UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot entries

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Molluscum contagiosum virus subtype 1 (MOCV) (MCVI) reference strain

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A28_MCV1Envelope protein A28 homolog (Protein MC134)
CFLA_MCV1Viral CASP8 and FADD-like apoptosis regulator (v-CFLAR) (Viral FLICE-inhibitory ...
ETF1_MCV1Early transcription factor 70 kDa subunit (EC 3.6.4.-) (ATP-dependent helicase ...
ETF2_MCV1Early transcription factor 82 kDa subunit (ETF large subunit)
F13_MCV1Envelope protein F13 homolog (43 kDa protein) (p43K)
GPX_MCV1Glutathione peroxidase (GPx) (GSHPx) (EC
MP44_MCV1Probable metalloendopeptidase G1-type (EC 3.4.24.-)
NPH2_MCV1RNA helicase NPH-II (EC (Nucleoside triphosphatase II) (NTPase II) ...
NTP1_MCV1Nucleoside triphosphatase I (EC (NPH-I) (Nucleoside triphosphate ...
PAP1_MCV1Poly(A) polymerase catalytic subunit (EC (Poly(A) polymerase large ...
RP07_MCV1DNA-directed RNA polymerase 7 kDa subunit (EC

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Molluscum contagiosum virus subtype 2 (MOCV) (MCVII)

F13_MCV2Envelope protein F13 homolog (43 kDa protein) (p43K)