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Influenza hemagglutinin membrane anchor

Benton, Donald J. ; Nans, Andrea ; Calder, Lesley J. ; Turner, Jack ; Neu, Ursula ; Lin, Yi Pu ; Ketelaars, Esther ; Kallewaard, Nicole L. ; Corti, Davide ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Gamblin, Steven J. ; Rosenthal, Peter B. ; Skehel, John J.

In: Proceedings of the national academy of sciences of the United States of America, 2018, vol. 115, no. 40, p. 10112-10117

Viruses with membranes fuse them with cellular membranes, to transfer their genomes into cells at the beginning of infection. For Influenza virus, the membrane glycoprotein involved in fusion is the hemagglutinin (HA), the 3D structure of which is known from X-ray crystallographic studies. The soluble ectodomain fragments used in these studies lacked the “membrane anchor” portion of the...