Published in Hepatitis Weekly, April 21st, 1997
Among the unique characteristics of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the production of a secreted form of the nucleocapsid, HBV e antigen (HBeAg). The particulate nucleocapsid (HBV core antigen [HBeAg]) is an intracellular protein that encapsulates the viral DNA and plays an important role in the maturation of the virus. Non-particulate, secreted HBeAg, however, is not required for replication or infection.
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