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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2007 Aug;64(16):2043-8.

Coronavirus envelope protein: a small membrane protein with multiple functions.

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Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, 61 Biopolis Drive, Proteos, Singapore, 138673, Singapore. dxliu@imcb.a-star.edu.sg

Abstract

Coronavirus envelope protein is a small membrane protein and minor component of the virus particles. It plays important roles in virion assembly and morphogenesis, alteration of the membrane permeability of host cells and virus-host cell interaction. Here we review recent progress in characterization of the biochemical properties, membrane topology and functions of the protein.

PMID:
17530462
DOI:
10.1007/s00018-007-7103-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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