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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Hepatitis B virus core antigen: synthesis in Escherichia coli and application in diagnosis.


PMID 7041126

Abstract

Fragments of hepatitis B virus DNA cloned in plasmid pBR322 carrying the gene for the viral core antigen have been placed under the control of the lac promoter of Escherichia coli. Several of the new recombinants direct higher levels of synthesis of the antigen, but the degree of enhancement varies with the different structures of the plasmids and hence the mRNAs produced. The antigen in crude bacterial lysates is a satisfactory diagnostic reagent for antibodies to the core antigen in serum samples.