Exciting Development in Search for Hepatitis C Vaccine
December 3, 2013
Protein Analysis Could Lead To Hepatitis C Vaccine
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
A hepatitis C vaccine is one step closer thanks to the efforts of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), who have managed to discover unexpected structural features of a protein used by the virus to infect liver cells.
The study authors, whose work appears in Friday’s edition of the journal Science, state any successful hepatitis C vaccine would most likely target this protein, which is known as E2 envelope glycoprotein. Rare antibodies capable of binding E2 in ways that can neutralize a vast array of different viral strains have already been isolated in patients by scientists, they added.
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