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Abstract

Determinant of receptor-preference switch in influenza hemagglutinin

Qinghua Wang

Hemagglutinin (HA) is one of the two major glycoproteins on the surface of influenza virus. One main function of HA is to selectively bind to sialic-acid receptors on host cells to trigger viral entry by endocytosis. There are two types of sialic-acid receptors that HA recognize: α(2, 3)-linked avian-like receptors and α(2, 6)-linked humans-like receptors. Frequently, a small number of substitutions in HA would endorse a switch in receptorbinding specificity from avian-like to human-like receptors, thus allowing cross-species transmission. In biology, hemagglutinin or haemagglutinin are glycoproteins which cause red blood cells (RBCs) to agglutinate or clump together. (Note that agglutination is one among three steps within the more complex process of coagulation.) The method of the RBC's agglutinating is named hemagglutination or haemagglutination. Antibodies and lectins are commonly known hemagglutinins. Hemagglutination are often wont to identify RBC surface antigens (with known antibodies) or to screen for antibodies (with RBCs with known surface antigens). Using anti-A and anti-B antibodies that bind specifically to either the A or to the B blood type surface antigens on RBCs it's possible to check alittle sample of blood and determine the ABO blood type (or blood type) of a private . The bedside card method of blood type ing relies on visual agglutination to work out a person's blood group. The cardboard board has dried blood type antibody reagents fixed onto its surface and a drop of the individual's blood is placed on each area on the card. The presence or absence of visual agglutination enables a fast and

 

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