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Influenza Type B Virus Hemagglutinin: Antigenicity, Receptor binding and Membrane Fusion

Qinghua Wang
from: Influenza: Molecular Virology (Edited by: Qinghua Wang and Yizhi Jane Tao). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2010)


Influenza B virus infection remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with particularly severe impacts on the young and the elderly. However, compared to influenza A virus, influenza B virus was very poorly studied. Most recently, a series of research have been published that drastically deepened our understanding of influenza B virus. In this review, I will summarize the recent advances on influenza B virus hemagglutinin from aspects of antigenicity, receptor binding and membrane fusion. In addition, I will discuss some of the remaining challenges in influenza B virology read more ...
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