Immunology Sponsored by Beckman Coulter
Microbes shape antibodies prior to infection
Genetic analysis of antibodies reveals how microbes in the intestines impact overall B-cell populations and humoral responses to pathogens. The research was published in Nature on August 5.  Discuss
Animal study turns in positive results for Moderna-NIH COVID-19 vaccine
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, messenger RNA (mRNA)-1273, has been shown to induce immune responses and control upper and lower respiratory tract infection of rhesus macaques exposed to SARS-CoV-2, according to researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Discuss
New tools rapidly detect anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
New tools using surrogate viruses may be useful for rapid testing to determine whether antibodies effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2. The viral vector-based platform approach was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on July 21.  Discuss
Shape-shifting may provide coronavirus with a survival advantage
Conformational changes of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein -- the target of many vaccines and therapies -- may have features that help the virus hide from the host immune system and survive longer in the environment, according to a study published in Science on July 21.  Discuss
Life science instrumentation market adapts to COVID-19
To reflect the new realities of the analytical instrumentation market during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent pandemic-driven recession, Strategic Directions International, a sister company of The Science Advisory Board, has released its revised edition of the Global Assessment Report.  Discuss
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
Optofluidics aids cell line development for antibody-based therapies
Implementation of optofluidics in cell line development can help advance multiple lead candidate molecules with increased screening capacity. A researcher from GlaxoSmithKline discussed how her team uses an optofluidic system in a June 15 presentation at the BioProcess International Spring Digital Week's 2020 virtual meeting.  Discuss
FDA researchers explore vaccine responses to SARS-CoV-2 antigens
Different proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, generate unique immune responses when given to rabbits as immunizations, according to a June 8 Science Translational Medicine article.  Discuss
Reverse genetics allows researchers to map SARS-CoV-2 in the body
A new study has revealed that SARS-CoV-2 infects the nasal cavity to the greatest degree and infects and replicates progressively less well in cells lower in the respiratory tract. The work, including the development of key laboratory tools, has been accepted by Cell.  Discuss
FDA researchers describe lessons learned from COVID-19 immunology
Key immunological factors underlying the clinical stages of COVID-19 that could be targeted by therapeutic drugs were outlined in a review by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers and published in Frontiers in Immunology on May 29.  Discuss
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