last updated 18-04-2024

Hepatitis B virus replicative cycle

Hepatitis B virus

After entry into the hepatocyte, the DNA of the hepatitis virus is brought to the nucleus. There the viral DNA is transcribed and the resulting mRNA is transported to the cytoplasm.

Here the mRNA is either reverse transcribed into viral DNA or translated into viral proteins. The viral DNA and proteins are assembled and enveloped before exocytosis.


Hepatitis B virus carries its own DNA polymerase.


Which of the following is true of infection with hepatitis B? 


Hepatitis B causes cell lysis.