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 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,, "SARS antibodies block coronavirus infections, study shows," 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, "Chinese research team finds coronavirus mutations, warns vaccine developers could need to adjust," 21 Apr. 2020 To gain access to a host’s cells, influenza uses its own viral glycoprotein, hemagglutinin (H). Quanta Magazine, "The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu," 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, "The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu," 25 Feb. 2020 In Winnipeg, Feldmann’s team infected mice with the VSV virus containing the Ebola glycoprotein. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine," 7 Jan. 2020 To the mainstream scientific community, Dorman’s quest is quixotic at best, tilting at windmills made of glycoproteins and RNA. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine," 1 June 2018 This engineered virus also carries the code for Ebola’s glycoprotein. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaccination method that wiped out smallpox gets unleashed today on Ebola," 21 May 2018 Riffing on cryogenic therapy, this cold crackling gel is full of micro-algae, glycoproteins from Antarctica, and peony extract to improve skin elasticity over time. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 New Products That Are Changing the Beauty Game in 2018," 15 Jan. 2018

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circa 1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Glycoprotein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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