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  • n. A trimer, especially a biologically active one, derived from two or more different (but similar) monomers

Etymologies

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hetero- +‎ trimer

Examples

  • The influenza virus polymerase, a heterotrimer composed of three subunits, PA, PB1 and PB2, is responsible for replication and transcription of the eight separate segments of the viral RNA genome in the nuclei of infected cells.

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  • Torreira E, Schoehn G, Fernandez Y, Jorba N, Ruigrok RW, et al. (2007) Three-dimensional model for the isolated recombinant influenza virus polymerase heterotrimer.

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