gly·​co·​pro·​tein | \ ˌglī-kō-ˈprō-ˌtēn How to pronounce glycoprotein (audio) , -ˈprō-tē-ən \

Definition of glycoprotein

: a conjugated protein in which the nonprotein group is a carbohydrate

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Recent Examples on the Web With this study, the researchers hope that others can start looking into developing small molecules that might increase P-glycoprotein activity. Dallas News, 29 June 2021 The peptide in use was a membrane-spanning peptide that covered the carboxy terminus of the exterior glycoprotein, which deleted the membrane-spanning region, and included a small portion of the cytoplasmic domain. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The antibodies target the only protein on the outside of Ebola virus particles, the glycoprotein. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 Oct. 2020 Ebola uses its glycoprotein to attach to and enter human cells, sparking infection. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 Oct. 2020 In the background, the S309 antibody is shown recognizing the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein present at the surface of infected cells and will promote their elimination. Cynthia Dizikes,, 11 June 2020 Researchers then infected live, non-human cells and observed six different mutations in the spike glycoprotein, which is how the virus attaches to and enters cells. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2020 To gain access to a host’s cells, influenza uses its own viral glycoprotein, hemagglutinin (H). Quanta Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020 The viruses use a surface glycoprotein — a protein with sugars attached — called the spike (S) protein to bind to host cells. Quanta Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of glycoprotein

circa 1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Glycoprotein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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gly·​co·​pro·​tein | \ -ˈprō-ˌtēn, -ˈprōt-ē-ən How to pronounce glycoprotein (audio) \

Medical Definition of glycoprotein

: a conjugated protein in which the nonprotein group is a carbohydrate

called also glucoprotein

— compare mucoprotein

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