Korean researchers have found antibodies that can fight against the COVID-19

The Korea Chemical Research Institute’s CEVI (New Species Virus) Convergence Research Group announced on Monday that SARS and MERS neutralization antibodies, previously known, can be combined into COVID-19 Spike Protein.


Spike protein is a protein that coronavirus uses to break into cells. When an antigen is injected through a vaccine, the body forms antibodies according to the immune response, of which antibodies that can neutralize the pathogen are called neutral antibodies.

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The research team confirmed similarities with SARS virus through genetic analysis of COVID-19 and predicted through bio-information analysis whether existing SARS and MERS neutral antibodies can be combined into COVID-19.


It analyzed the structural information files of the COVID-19 spike protein released on the academic paper’s pre-release website “BioRxiv” and predicted that two SARS neutral antibodies and one MERS neutral antibody could be combined into the COVID-19 spike protein.

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It is expected to contribute to the development of therapeutic antibodies and vaccines for COVID-19.

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This is the first time that has compared the sensitivity of major primer and probe sets for detecting COVID-19 overseas, said Lee Mi-hye, head of the chemical association, adding that it will contribute to the development of real-time gene amplification-based molecular diagnosis kits that enhance sensitivity.

The CEVI Convergence Research Group is joined by eight government-funded research institutes focusing on chemical smoke, and is conducting research on new virus diagnosis, vaccine development, treatment and anti-proliferation technologies.

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