Cell Biology
Scientists urge that surveillance of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant is necessary
A SARS-CoV-2 variant carrying an amino acid change, D614G, in the spike protein has become the predominant form of the virus in the current global pandemic. A recent publication in Cell advocated for viral surveillance to aid in the development of immunological interventions.  Discuss
SARS-CoV mAb shown to block SARS-CoV-2
Antibodies from recovered SARS-CoV patients appear to block SARS-CoV-2 infectivity and could help in the development of antiviral treatments or vaccines, according to a new study. The findings were published in Nature on May 18.  Discuss
Moving closer to orally dosed peptide medications
A new method can identify among billions of double-bridge peptides the ones that are most likely to bind to disease targets of interest and escape enzymatic degradation in the gastrointestinal tract. A study on the method was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on May 11.  Discuss
Researchers investigate how a potent mAb blocks SARS-CoV-2
Based on previous research that explored therapies against SARS-CoV, a new report has identified a fully human monoclonal antibody (mAb) that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus from infecting cultured cells. Authored by a team of researchers from Utrecht University, Erasmus Medical Center, and Harbour BioMed, the report was published in Nature Communications on May 4.  Discuss
Cytokine storm may cause T-cell exhaustion in COVID-19 cases
Cytokine storms may impact the severity of COVID-19 cases by lowering T-cell populations, according to a study published in Frontiers in Immunology on May 1.  Discuss
What is the impact of aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals?
A study evaluating viral RNA from two hospitals in Wuhan, China, during the COVID-19 outbreak reveals that although there are several hotspots for airborne viral RNA within hospitals, the implementation of careful sanitization, proper ventilation, and open spaces can reduce the risk of exposure to the airborne virus. The results were published online in an April 27 article in Nature.  Discuss
Does SARS-CoV-2 use host defenses to infect susceptible cells?
A new study pinpoints the most likely cell types that SARS-CoV-2 infects. Unexpectedly, the study indicates that one of the body's main defenses against viral infections may actually help the virus infect susceptible cells. The findings were published on April 21 in Cell.  Discuss
Directed evolution shows promise in reducing drug discovery times
A research collaboration between scientists at the University of Leeds and AstraZeneca resulted in the development of a technique that can significantly reduce the discovery time for possible new antibody-based therapies. The approach, published in Nature Communications on April 14, shows how protein fragments can be screened for susceptibility to aggregation in early drug discovery.  Discuss
Horseshoe crab 'farming' preserves species, makes blood test possible
Researchers have developed a new aquaculture-based method to harvest immune cells from horseshoe crabs that preserves the crustaceans while also creating the potential for new clinical applications, like testing blood for sepsis, according to a study published in Frontiers in Marine Science on April 1.  Discuss
Researchers explore mutations to improve drug design
Drug resistance is a common challenge when designing therapeutics for cancers or diseases originating from bacteria or viruses. Researchers explored how evolution impacted the mutation of these pathogens, and their findings could lead to the development of evolutionarily designed drugs. The results were published March 24 in Cell Reports.  Discuss
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