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J Electron Microsc (Tokyo). 1998;47(2):169-74.

Binding of influenza and paramyxoviruses to Group B Streptococcus with the terminal sialyl-galactose linkage.

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Department of Virology and Immunology, Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Japan.


Using the virus-binding assay and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), influenza A and B type viruses and two paramyxoviruses, parainfluenza (Sendai) and mumps viruses, were found to bind to Group B Streptococcus (GBS), type Ia and II, with the terminal sialyl-galactose linkage, although some viruses detached during the sample processing for SEM, and mumps virus did not bind to GBSIa. Binding of viruses eluted from GBS at 37 degrees C depended on combination of virus and GBS. The biological significance of these findings is discussed.

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