nounMedicine & Biology
A substance, such as a viral protein, that causes hemagglutination.
- The introduced viral genes encode a surface protein called hemagglutinin, an enzyme known as neuraminidase, and two proteins dubbed M1 and M2.
- The two envelope glycoprotein antigens, the hemagglutinin and the neuraminidase determine host specificity and efficiency of infection and transmission on the background of the susceptible cells of the host species.
- Most consist of a viral protein called hemagglutinin, which has the unique ability to latch onto respiratory cells and invade them.
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