Studies on influenza haemagglutinin fusion peptide mutants generated by reverse genetics.


Influenza haemagglutinin (HA) is responsible for fusing viral and endosomal membranes during virus entry. In this process, conformational changes in the HA relocate the HA(2) N-terminal 'fusion peptide' to interact with the target membrane. The highly conserved HA fusion peptide shares composition and sequence features with functionally analogous regions of… (More)