Flu antibody’s ‘one-handed grab’ may boost effort toward universal vaccine, new therapies

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Scientists have solved the co-crystal structure of a human antibody that can neutralize influenza viruses in a unique way.

 

The antibody recognizes the crucial structure that flu viruses use to attach to host cells, even though previously this structure had been thought too small for an antibody to grab effectively. The immune protein manages to hit this precise spot by using just a small part of its target-grabbing apparatus. In so doing, it can neutralize a broad range of dangerous flu viruses.

 

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120916160855.htm

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