Competing hydrophobic and screened-coulomb interactions in hepatitis B virus capsid assembly.

@article{Kegel2004CompetingHA,
  title={Competing hydrophobic and screened-coulomb interactions in hepatitis B virus capsid assembly.},
  author={Willem K. Kegel and Paul van der Schoot Pv},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={86 6},
  pages={3905-13}
}
Recent experiments show that, in the range from approximately 15 to 45 degrees C, an increase in the temperature promotes the spontaneous assembly into capsids of the Escherichia coli-expressed coat proteins of hepatitis B virus. Within that temperature interval, an increase in ionic strength up to five times that of standard physiological conditions also acts to promote capsid assembly. To explain both observations we propose an interaction of mean force between the protein subunits that is… CONTINUE READING

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