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Virology. 1992 May;188(1):408-13.

Hemagglutinin activation of pathogenic avian influenza viruses of serotype H7 requires the protease recognition motif R-X-K/R-R.

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Institut für Virologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

Abstract

The hemagglutinin of influenza virus A/FPV/Rostock/34 (H7) was altered at its multibasic cleavage site by site-directed mutagenesis and assayed for proteolytic activation after expression in CV-1 cells. The results indicated that the cellular protease responsible for activation recognizes the tetrapeptide motif R-X-K/R-R that must be presented in the correct sequence position. Studies on plaque variants of influenza virus A/fowl/Victoria/75 (H7N7) showed that alteration of the consensus sequence resulted in a loss of pathogenicity for chickens.

PMID:
1566583
DOI:
10.1016/0042-6822(92)90775-k
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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