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 (kăp′sə-mîr′) or cap·so·mer (-mər)
One of the individual subunits that make up a viral capsid.

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(ˈkæpsəˌmɪə) or


(Zoology) any of the protein units that together form the capsid of a virus
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(ˈkæp səˌmɪər)

any of the protein subunits of a capsid.
[1960–65; < French capsomère; see capsid, -o-, -mere]
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Those capsomer counts correspond perfectly with those of the four predominant classes of viruses with icosahedral symmetry that Caspar and Klug had identified in the 1960s.
Nucleocapsids appeared to be angular and surface capsomer arrangement obvious.
A collagen-like triple helical motif has been reported from a bacterial capsomer protein (Bamford and Bamford, 1990).
Approximately 110 CP subunits structured as 22 pentameric capsomers forming the unique geminate shape particle (Rojas et al., 2001; Zhang et al., 2001).
FAdVs are non-enveloped, 70-80 nm in diameter single linear double stranded DNA (dsDNA) with icosahedral structure, composed of 252 capsomers. Out of these 252 capsomers, there are 12 vertex capsomers (penton bases) and 240 non-vertex capsomers (hexons).
Capsomers are composed of two structural proteins: the 57kD late protein L1, which accounts for 80% of the viral particle, and the 43-53kD minor capside protein L2 (Figure-1).