Diagram of salmon infectious anemia virus Credit: Tao Laboratory/Rice University
The first complete structure of an M1 protein from an infectious salmon anemia virus, as revealed by scientists at Rice University. The structure of the protein, which forms a protective shield around the viral contents, is similar to that of influenza viruses that infect humans, but no structures for those have been produced that show both the N and C domains.

N&H TOPLINE: Salmon virus discovery could aid flu research

Details of salmon virus structure could aid researchers looking at ways to stop influenza virus.

The structure of a protein key to the survival and spread of a virus that affects salmon could inform strategies to treat influenza in humans, according to scientists at Rice University.

The Rice lab of structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao produced the first full-length structure of the matrix protein found in an orthomyxovirus that causes anemia in Atlantic salmon. Because the protein's structure and function are so similar to what has been found so far in influenza viruses, Tao expec

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