Feb 1, 1988

Influenza virus ISCOMs: biochemical characterization

B SundquistB Morein


Immunostimulating complexes (ISCOMs) have been prepared from influenza A virus envelope glycoproteins, i.e. haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). An ISCOM consists of a matrix, which is the micellar form of the glycoside, Quil A, in hydrophobic interaction with both the envelope glycoproteins (HA/NA). The Quil A bound to the ISCOM amounted to 50 micrograms mg-1 (5%) of ISCOM protein. ISCOMs were morphologically identified as symmetrical cage-like structures of approximately equal to 40 nm in diameter with hexagonal or pentagonal subunits of approximately equal to 12 nm. The sedimentation coefficient was approximately equal to 19 S as compared to 30 S for the glycoprotein micelles. The biological activities of the HA and NA are preserved in both ISCOMs and micelles.

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Corona Virus Membrane Protein E1
Immunologic Adjuvants
Quil A
Cardiac Glycosides

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