Background Paper Coronavirus M and HE: Two Peculiar Glycoproteins
Enveloped viruses carry in their membranes one or more surface glycoproteins. In coronaviruses three such proteins have been identified: a small integral membrane protein (M), a large glycoprotein constituting the characteristic viral spikes (S), and an intermediate-sized glycoprotein (HE). This paper will summarize published knowledge on the properties and function of the small and the intermediate-sized membrane proteins. They will be referred to as M and HE, respectively.
KeywordsSialic Acid Nucleocapsid Protein Haemagglutinating Activity Membrane Anchor Domain Acetylneuraminic Acid
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