What is SARS-CoV-2 (N)?

The nucleocapsid (N) protein is a structural protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is responsible for packaging the positive-sense RNA genome by forming ribonucleoprotein (RNP) structures with the viral RNA. The N protein is mainly expressed in the host cells' cytoplasm and interacts with the M protein during assembly. The nucleocapsid protein is highly immunogenic and antibodies against it are found in people that recovered from COVID-19. The N protein has been suggested to suppress type I interferon responses. 

Alternative analyte names:Nucleocapsid protein, N protein (of SARS-CoV-2)
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