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FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 1994 Nov;10(1):25-30.

Evidence for the role of glycoprotein G of respiratory syncytial virus in binding of Neisseria meningitidis to HEp-2 cells.

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  • 1Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Edinburgh Medical School, UK.

Abstract

Viral glycoproteins G and F are expressed on the surface of cells infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). We investigated the role of these proteins in the previously reported enhanced binding of Neisseria meningitidis to RSV-infected HEp-2 cells. Virus particles attached to bacteria were detected by immunofluorescence with flow cytometry. Binding of FITC-labelled bacteria to RSV-infected cells was significantly inhibited by monoclonal antibody against glycoprotein G. Unlabelled bacteria interfered with binding of the anti-G monoclonal antibody to these cells. These interactions were not found with a monoclonal antibody against glycoprotein F. We propose that glycoprotein G of RSV expressed on the surface of infected cells might act as an additional receptor for meningococci.

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