Dynamic View of Spike Protein Reveals Prime Targets for COVID-19 Treatments

Dynamic View of Spike Protein Reveals Prime Targets for COVID-19 Treatments

Dynamic View of Spike Protein Reveals Prime Targets for COVID-19 TreatmentsPosted on May 6th, 2021 by Dr. Francis CollinsCredit: Sikora M, PLoS Comput Biol, 2021This striking portrait features the spike protein that crowns SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It was created on a computer screen from sophisticated 3D simulations of the spike protein in action. They are sugar molecules called glycans that are thought to shield the spike protein by sweeping away antibodies. The new simulations suggest that glycans act as a dynamic shield on the spike protein. Reference:[1] Computational epitope map of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

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