Synthesis of hepatitis B surface and core antigens in E. coli

  title={Synthesis of hepatitis B surface and core antigens in E. coli},
  author={J. C. Edman and R. A. Hallewell and Pablo Valenzuela and H. M. Goodman and William J. Rutter},
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the cause of a debilitating and potentially fatal disease, and possibly also of primary hepato-cellular carcinoma1. A vaccine against hepatitis B would therefore be of considerable biomedical significance. One such vaccine, produced from the 22-nm particle form of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), has recently been found effective in clinical tests2, but being derived from the sera of chronic carriers, it is expensive and its supply limited. The application of… CONTINUE READING
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