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It has been proposed that membrane fusion events such as virus-cell fusion proceed through a hemifusion intermediate, a state where lipids but not contents of the fusing compartments mix. We engineered the influenza hemagglutinin (HA) such that it would be anchored in membranes via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) tail. GPI-anchored HA forms a trimer(More)
In this study we tested the hypothesis that fusion mediated by the influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) is a cooperative event. To so this we characterized 3T3 cell lines that express HA at nine different defined surface densities. HA densities ranged from 1.0 to 12.6 x 10(3) HA trimers/microns2 as determined by quantitative fluorescent antibody binding. The(More)
To investigate the possible role of viral glycoprotein mobility in membrane fusion, fluorescence photobleaching recovery was employed to study the effects of exposure to mildly acidic pH (required to convert many viral fusion proteins to the fusion-active form) on the lateral mobility of influenza hemagglutinin (HA) proteins expressed at the surface of(More)
Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is a multisystem hereditary disease featuring neurodegeneration, immunodeficiency, extreme cancer proneness, chromosomal instability, and radiosensitivity. A-T is found in many ethnic groups, and is genetically heterogeneous: four complementation groups have been identified in A-T so far. Attempts to isolate the A-T gene are(More)
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