The large RNA segment, segment A, of birnaviruses codes for a polyprotein (N-VP2-VP4-VP3-C)  that is processed into the major structural proteins of the virion: VP2, VP3 (a minor structural component of the virus), and into the putative protease VP4. VP4 protein is involved in generating VP2 and VP3.recombinant VP3 is more immunogenic than recombinant VP2.
Non structuralprotein VP5 is found in RNA segment A. The function of this small viral protein is unknown. It is believed to be involved in influencing apoptosis, but studies are not completely concurring. The protein can not be found in the virion.
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