Hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) is a complex macromolecular particle composed of glycoproteins and lipids. The latter, representing 25% of the particle mass, are of host origin and determine the solubility, stability, and, indirectly, B-cell immunogenicity of HBsAg. HBsAg is a T-cell-dependent immunogen that does not elicit a detectable humoral… (More)
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