UCSD Discovers the Sugary Shield Around SARS-COV2
TimeWednesday, 17 November 202110am - 10:30am CST
DescriptionA team of researchers at UC San Diego is leveraging the massive computational power of systems at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to help expose the secrets of SARS CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses use a spiked sugary cloak to attack the cells of a human host. In essence, glycans trick the human immune system into seeing them as harmless. The breakthrough simulations and modeling conducted by the UC San Diego research team have shown the world what the sugary coating looks like and how it tries to hide itself from human immune systems. These efforts reveal that the glycans prime the coronavirus for infection by changing the shape of their spike protein. Scientists hope this research will add to the arsenal of knowledge needed to defeat the COVID-19 disease.