Langat virus M protein is structurally homologous to prM

M. R. Holbrook, H. Wang, Alan Barrett

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Langat (LGT) virus M protein has been generated in a recombinant system. Antiserum raised against the LGT virus M protein neutralizes tick-borne encephalitis serocomplex flaviviruses but not mosquito-borne flaviviruses, indicating that the M protein is exposed on the surface of virions. The antiserum recognizes intracellular LGT virus prM/M and binds to prM and M in Western blots of whole-cell lysates and purified virus, respectively. These data suggest that the prM and M proteins are structurally similar under native conditions and support the hypothesis that the "pr" portion of prM facilitates proper folding of the M protein for expression on the virion surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3999-4001
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2001


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  • Immunology

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