Definition of Capsomere

1. Noun. Any of the individual protein subunits of a viral capsid ¹



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Definition of Capsomere

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Capsomere

1. A protein coat that covers the nucleoprotein core or nucleic acid of a virion. Commonly shows icosahedral symmetry and may itself be enclosed in an envelope (as in the Togaviridae). The capsid is built up of subunits (some integer multiple of 60, the number required to give strict icosahedral symmetry) that self assemble in a pattern typical of a particular virus. The subunits are often packed, in smaller capsids, into 5 or 6 membered rings (pentamers or hexamers) that constitute the morphological unit (capsomere). The packing of subunits is not perfectly symmetrical in most cases and some units may have strained interactions and are said to have quasi equivalence of bonding to adjacent units. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Capsomere

capsidal
capsids
capsizable
capsizal
capsizals
capsize
capsized
capsizer
capsizers
capsizes
capsizing
capsizings
capslock
capslocks
capsomer
capsomere (current term)
capsomeres
capsomers
capsorubin
capsquare
capsquares
capstan
capstan screw
capstan screws
capstans
capstern
capstone
capstones
capsula
capsula adiposa renis

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