Influenza Hemagglutinin

Influenza Hemagglutinin Photo
Influenza viruses are constantly evolving, in fact all influenza viruses undergo genetic changes over time. Hemagglutinin (HA) or Haemagglutinin (BE) is an antigenic glycoprotein found on the surface of the influenza viruses. It is responsible for binding the virus to the cell that is being infected. Understanding the relationship between antigenic structure and immune specificity, the receptor binding specificity in virus transmission, how the cleavage site controls pathogenicity, and how the fusion peptide causes membrane fusion for the entry of influenza virus into the host cell should provide information to find more effective ways to prevent and control influenza.

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       1.  Influenza is a moving target and a secret killer

2.   Prevention and treatment of influenza

3.   Addressing influenza in practice: who’s involved?

4.   Implementation of vaccination policies: success stories and hurdles

5.   Influenza preparedness: what can we learn from other virus outbreaks?

6.   Reaching out to people at risk

7.   Influenza prevention in developing countries: a global responsibility

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