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IONTAS identifies novel SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies

IONTAS Limited (IONTAS) and FairJourney Biologics S.A (FJB)., leaders in the discovery and optimization of fully human antibodies, have announced the identification of neutralizing antibodies, which bind to multiple emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. The results, generated from a combination of phage display technology and B-cell receptor repertoire sequencing of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, have identified potent neutralizing […]

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Blocking folate metabolism could reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral replication in infected cells

The novel beta-coronavirus virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and coronaviruses, in general, alter the host's cellular metabolism to support massive production of ~30 kB viral genomes and subgenomic viral RNAs. However, how this is achieved is largely unknown. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Broad Institute […]

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Researchers present fragment-based computational design of antibodies that target structured epitopes

Antibodies are central to infection control and prolonged immunity. Key tools in biomedical research, antibodies are also used to diagnose human diseases and detect adaptive immunity to past infections with particular pathogens. While existing methods to discover and generate antibodies are successful, they also have important limitations, such as hard targets (short-lived, homologous, or unstable) […]

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What is Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID)?

Skip to: What is CVID? What is the prevalence of CVID? What are the causative factors? How CVID is inherited? What are the common symptoms? How is CVID diagnosed? How is CVID treated? Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) is a genetic disorder characterized by a weakened immune system. Patients with CVID frequently suffer from infections. […]

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Designing a Multiplex Immunoassay: Factors to Consider

Multiplex immunoassays and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) are used to determine and analyze the presence of an analyte in a sample through the binding of complimentary antigen-antibody pairs. Multiplex immunoassays are useful in cases of limited sample volume or time. molekuul_be | Shutterstock Multiplex immunoassays can be differentiated by the surface to which the antigens […]

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ChIP-seq Advantages and Limitations

ChIP-seq, or chromatin immunoprecipitation and sequencing, is a technique that allows researchers to understand transcriptional regulation via mapping of protein-DNA interactions and epigenetic markers on a genome-wide scale. ChIP-seq has several advantages over previous methods, such as ChIP-chip, but like all techniques, ChIP-seq has its limitations. urfin | Shutterstock ChIP-seq ChIP-seq was one of the […]

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Less than 10 percent of U.S. population has antibodies to SARS-CoV-2

(HealthDay)—Fewer than 10 percent of the U.S. adult population formed antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) during the first wave of the pandemic, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in The Lancet. Shuchi Anand, M.D., from the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues conducted a […]

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Re-engineering antibodies for COVID-19

With millions of COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, people are turning to antibody tests to find out whether they have been exposed to the coronavirus that causes the disease. But what are antibodies? Why are they important? If we have them, are we immune to COVID-19? And if not, why not? Antibody tests look […]