Dengue and West Nile vaccines come closer to reality
Friday, February 7, 2014
Scientists have discovered a key aspect to how the dengue and West Nile viruses replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.
Researchers led by Janet Smith of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute describe for the first time the structure of a protein that helps the viruses replicate and spread infection.
“Seeing the design of this key protein provides a target for a potential vaccine or even a therapeutic drug,” Smith said.