Recombinant HBV core (amino acids 1-183) was expressed in E. coli.
Hepatitis B is one of a few known non-retroviralviruses which employ reverse transcriptionas a part of its replication process. (HIV, a completely unrelated virus, also uses reverse transcription, but it is a retrovirus.) HBV invades the cell by binding to surface receptor and become internalized. The viral core particles then migrate to the hepatocyte nucleus and the partially double-stranded, relaxed circular genomes (RC-DNA) are repaired to form a covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA), which is the template for viral genomic and sub-genomic RNAs by cellular RNA polymerase II. Of these, the pregenomic RNA (pgRNA is selectively packaged into progeny capsids and is then reverse-transcribed into new RC-DNA. The core can either bud into the endoplasmic reticulum to be enveloped or exported from the cell or recycled back into the genome for conversion to cccDNA.
7.5mM phosphate buffer pH-7.2, 75mM NaCl and 50% glycerol.
Immunoreactive with sera HBV-infected individuals.
18 kDa recombinant protein contains the HBV core ayw immunodominant region,
MDIDPYKEFG ASVELLSFLP SDFFPSIRDL LDTASALYRE ALESPEHCSPHHTALRQAIL CWGELMNLAT WVGSNLEDPA SRELVVSYVN VNMGLKFRQL LWFHVSCLTF GRETVLEYLV SFGVWIRTPP AYRPPNAPIL STLPETTVVR RRGRSPRRRT PSPRRRRSQS PRRRRSQSRE SQC.
HBV Core protein is >95% pure as determined by SDS-PAGE.
HBV Core protein although stable at 4 centigrade for 1 week, should be stored below -18 centigrade.Please prevent freeze thaw cycles.