Visualizing Influenza Virus Membrane Fusion: Inhibition and Kinetics
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CitationOtterstrom, Jason John. 2013. Visualizing Influenza Virus Membrane Fusion: Inhibition and Kinetics. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractThe influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) surface protein is a primary antigenic target for neutralization of viral infection. HA also mediates membrane fusion between the virus and a cell, which is the first critical step during infection. Traditional techniques to study infection neutralization by antibodies or the membrane fusion process rely on ensemble measurements, confounding the precise mechanism of infection neutralization and obscuring transient conformational intermediates. This dissertation describes advances made in a fluorescence microscopy-based single-particle fusion assay to overcome the limitations of ensemble measurements in these types of studies. Virus particles are labeled to visualize lipid mixing between a virus and a target membrane formed upon a glass or polymer support. Optionally, the viral lumen can be labeled to visualize the subsequent release of viral contents.
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