Study identifies nanobody that may prevent COVID-19 from entering cells

Updated: 06 September, 2020 07:22 IST | Agencies | London

According to the researchers, nanobodies are typically easier to produce cost-effectively on a mass scale

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil flexes his arm after receving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a clinical trial in Bandung. Pic/AFP
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil flexes his arm after receving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a clinical trial in Bandung. Pic/AFP

To fight against the Coronavirus, scientists have identified a small neutralising antibody, a so-called nanobody, that has the capacity to block SARS-CoV-2 from entering human cells.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that this nanobody has the potential to be developed as an antiviral treatment against COVID-19.

The search for effective nanobodies, which are fragments of antibodies that occur naturally in camelids, began in February when an alpaca was injected with the new Coronavirus' spike protein, which is used to enter our cells.

After 60 days, blood samples from the alpaca showed a strong immune response against the spike protein. "We are now embarking on preclinical animal studies to investigate its therapeutic potential," they noted.

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First Published: 06 September, 2020 07:25 IST

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