The hepatitis B virus X-C fusion protein is unlikely to be produced by the mechanism of ribosomal frameshifting.

Abstract

A novel hepatitis B viral (HBV) protein of 35-40 kDa, characterized by antibodies and proposed as an X-C fusion protein, was previously described in core particles isolated from HBV-, WHV-, and GSHV-infected livers. The X and C genes are two adjacent genes in all mammalian hepadnaviruses but are not contiguous in WHV and GSHV. After examination of the X and… (More)

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