Receptor Recognition Mechanism of Coronaviruses part 50

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Are coronaviruses the only viruses that stole a host lectin and integrated it into their spike? A survey of viral lectins with known tertiary structures revealed  that galectin-like domains are present in a variety of viral spikes, including influenza virus hemagglutinin, whose galectine-like fold was previously unknown.

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