Residue Y161 of influenza virus hemagglutinin is involved in viral recognition of sialylated complexes from different hosts.

Influenza A virus glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) binds to host cell surface sialic acid (SA)-terminated sugars in glycoproteins to initiate viral entry. It is thought that avian influenza viruses preferentially bind to N-acetylneuraminic acid α3 (NeuAcα3) sugars, while human influenza viruses exhibit a preference for NeuAcα6-containing sugars. Thus… CONTINUE READING