Sequential and structural analysis of avian influenza A virus genome
Term: 2006 - 2009
Coiled coil proteins can perform a variety of important biological functions like regulating gene expression and maintaining the structural identity of the cell. They also play an integral role in the infectious mechanism of pathogens like Avian Influenza (bird flu) or HIV. Enveloped viruses enter cells by membrane fusion using specialized envelope glycoproteins, i.e. coiled coil fusion proteins, that form a sophisticated molecular machine to merge viral and cellular target membranes.