Issue Date: June 20, 2016 | Web Date: June 17, 2016
Protein cages made in the lab resemble protective virus constructs
Viruses store their genetic material inside a protein shell, known as a capsid, which sometimes has an icosahedral shape. Now, in a development that could go viral, chemists have learned how to create protein icosahedra that look just like the ones some viruses use. Potential applications of such caged structures include packaging biomolecules, drugs, and vaccines and delivering displayed antigens capable of eliciting disease-fighting antibodies.
Yang Hsia and David Baker at the University of Washington . . .
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