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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2003 Jul 11;1614(1):85-8.

Cell biology of virus entry: a review of selected topics from the 3rd International Frederick meeting.

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Laboratory of Experimental and Computational Biology, CCR, NCI-Frederick, NIH, Building 469, Room 216, P.O. Box B, Miller Drive, Frederick, MD 21702-1201, USA.


Following the first two Frederick meetings on virus entry in 1997 [Cell 91 (1997) 721](1) and in 2000 [Cell 101 (2000) 697](2), further developments in our understanding of the multifactorial and multistage process of virus entry, and possible biomedical implications were presented and discussed in a lively fashion by leading scientists from around the world at the third Frederick meeting on the Cell Biology of Viral Entry (May 7-10, Frederick, MD) organized by R. Blumenthal (NCI-Frederick, NIH, Frederick) and E. Hunter (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Unlike the previous two meetings, non-enveloped viruses were not discussed this time, and the focus was how envelope glycoproteins (Envs) mediate entry into cells. Major topics included Env structure, virus receptors, entry intermediates, membrane fusion, fusion kinetics, and rafts. Virus envelope structures will be described in more detail here because the other topics are extensively discussed in the other chapters of this volume.

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