New Influenza Virus Model Created

Influenza virus: new model
I have just added a new graphic of an influenza virion to my collection. This is based on a new 3D model that I have been working on for quite a while. Highly detailed and to scale, it shows the glycoprotein spikes (haemagglutinin, red, and neuraminidase, yellow) radiating from the viral envelope. Barely visible (but there nonetheless) are several copies of the transmembrane (M2 protein) proton channels. Beneath the envelope lies the matrix protein cage (grey units that can be glimpsed clearly through the viral envelope). The model that I created allows for spherical, capsule shaped (as in this case for this particular image) and elongate forms of the virus.

See also a version of this influenza virus particle on a black background.

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