Designated CV30, this Y-shaped antibody is 530 times more potent in combating covid-19 than those hitherto identified. Scientists have already managed to map its molecular structure.
Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, USA, found that a potent antibody, found in the blood of a recovered covid-19, interferes with an important feature on the spine surface of the new coronavirus inducing critical parts of these spines to break themselves and preventing infection.
The antibody – a tiny Y-shaped protein that is one of the body’s main weapons against pathogens, including viruses – was isolated by Fred Hutch’s team from a blood sample received from a Washington state patient who was soon infected in the early days of the pandemic.
The team led by Leo Stamatatos, Andrew McGuire and Marie Pancera, reported that, among dozens of different antibodies naturally generated by the patient, this one – nicknamed CV30 – was 530 times more potent than any of its competitors.
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