AAV Vectors for Gene Therapy
Skeletal muscle is an ideal gene therapy target to act as a factory for the production and secretion of systemically-acting therapeutic proteins. However, current gene delivery technologies are limited in transduction efficiency in skeletal muscle. We developed a novel AAV vector targeting insulin receptor to achieve enhanced transduction of skeletal muscle in vivo with a modular approach that can be combined with other advances in AAV capsid engineering.
SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, binds and enters host cells by action of its spike protein. SARS-CoV-2, unlike other sarbecoviruses, has acquired a multibasic cleavage site at the junction of the S1 and S2 subunits which is processed by furin-like proprotein convertases in the virus-producer cell before encountering target cells. Therefore, intermolecular association of S1 and S2 subunits are necessary to retain infectivity. Our work has clarified the nature of this interaction and revealed the mechanism of increased infectivity of the D614G variant by the effects of this amino acid change on S1-S2 interaction and spike protein density.
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