Molecular graphic of polio virus coat proteins

Molecular graphic of polio virus coat proteins

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Caption: Polio virus pentamer. Molecular graphic of a pentamer from the outer coat of a polio virus. The protein coat of the polio virus is a tiny dodecahedron, 25-30 nanometres in diameter, consisting of 12 pentagonal units or "pentamers". Each pentamer contains five copies of each of four different proteins, shown here by four colours. This view shows the inner, concave surface of the pentamer. Spheres represent amino acids. The coat of the polio virus is highly resistant to heat and acid, making the virus stable in such harsh environments as sewage systems and the human gut. The virus causes the disease poliomyelitis.

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Keywords: capsid unit, causing polio, enterovirus, molecular graphic, pentamer, picornavirus, polio, polio virus, poliomyelitis, virus

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