Special Issue "MERS-CoV"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: coronavirus entry; X-ray crystallography; cryo-electron microscopy; structure-based vaccine design
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a newly emerged coronavirus: It was identified in 2012 and has, so far, caused over 2100 infections and a ~35% fatality rate in humans. Similar to the SARS coronavirus, MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus: it likely originated from bats, since numerous MERS-like coronaviruses have been isolated from bats. Camels may also have contributed to the zoonotic transmission of MERS-CoV. People infected with MERS-CoV often develop severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Viral accessory proteins potentially contribute to the pathology of MERS-CoV by interfering with the innate immune response. Animal models, such as non-human primates and humanized mice, have been developed for the purpose of studying MERS-CoV infections. MERS-CoV enters cells by binding to its host receptor, dipeptidyl peptidase 4, and fusing viral and host membranes, before it replicates itself inside cells. Recent advances in structural biology have enhanced our understanding of the viral entry and replication processes. Vaccines and therapeutics against MERS-CoV are being developed, although none are yet clinically available. With the continual threat of MERS-CoV, there is a great need to summarize current progress and discuss the future prospects of MERS-CoV research.
In this Special Issue, we welcome the MERS-CoV community to submit research papers or review articles on recent advances of MERS-CoV research. Topics may include, but are not limited to, MERS-CoV epidemiology, zoonosis, pathogenesis, immune responses, animal models, viral entry and replication, virus structures, vaccine development, and therapeutic targeting.Dr. Fang Li
Dr. Lanying Du
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- animal origins
- immune responses
- animal models
- entry and replication
- virus structures
- vaccines and therapeutics