Australian scientits detect antibodies from Covid-19 in alpacas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Nanobodies, the tiny immune proteins could provide an alternative to conventional antibody treatments for COVID-19
16:48, 27 April 2021

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Experts from the Institute of Medical Researches of Walter and Elise Hall identified the immune nanobodies, which block the infiltration of SARS-CoV-2 into the cells. The antibodies were detected in alpaca, reads the message of the scientific institution.

"Nanobodies are the unique antibodies, the tiny immune proteins naturally produced by alpacas as a response to infection", reads the message. 

The unique feature of immune proteins produced by alpacas is in their size; these are the smallest antibodies known to modern science.

Within this research, a group of alpacas in Australia's Victoria region were inoculated with synthetic, non-infection part of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 so as to let them generate nano-bodies against the virus causing Covid-19.

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Having drafted the map of anti-bodies, a goup of researchers managed to identify the nano-body, which recognized the SARS-CoV-2, including the new global mutations. The nano-particle was also effective against the original virus of atypical pneumonia (SARS-CoV), which could men it might provide cross-protection from human coronaviruses.

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