capsomer


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capsomer

 [kap´so-mer] (capsomere [kap´so-mēr]) a morphological unit of the capsid of a virus.

cap·so·mer

, capsomere (kap'sō-mēr),
A subunit of the protein coat or capsid of a virus particle.
See also: hexon, penton, virion.

capsomer

/cap·so·mer/ (kap´so-mer) a morphological unit of the capsid of a virus.

capsomer, capsomere

a morphological unit of the capsid of a virus.
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If the virus actually manifested the capsomer orientations dictated by Caspar-Klug theory, its constituent proteins would be out of whack by angles of 30 degrees or more from where they've been observed, Twarock and Roger W.
Virologists refer to these panels as pentamers and hexamers or, collectively, capsomers.
They developed a computer model that treated capsomers as malleable disks.