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Translation initiation in Hepatitis C Virus is controlled by the presence of an internal ribosome entry site element (IRES) principally located in its 5' untranslated region (UTR). Mutation/deletion analyses have shown that the integrity of this structure is essential for initiation of cap-independent protein synthesis. We have developed a strategy to swap(More)
Structural integrity of the hepatitus C virus (HCV) 5' UTR region that includes the internal ribosome entry site (IRES) element is known to be essential for efficient protein synthesis. The functional explanation for this observation has been provided by the recent evidence that binding of several cellular factors to the HCV IRES is dependent on the(More)
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