Research Progress

[08-04-2018]Bats Identified as Source of Pig-Killing Coronavirus in China

Researchers have identified a coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in China in 2016 and 2017. Zheng-Li Shi, a virologist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, and her colleagues report today (April 4) in Nature that the virus, named swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV), emerged from horseshoe bats (Rhinolophidae). The same species of bats were the source of sever...

[09-03-2018]WDR5 represents interesting regulatory mechanism and a potential antiviral target

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has a large (~235-kb) genome with over 170 ORFs and exploits numerous cellular factors to facilitate its replication. HCMV infection increases protein levels of WD repeat-containing protein 5 (WDR5) during infection, overexpression of WDR5 enhances viral replication, and knockdown of WDR5 dramatically attenuates viral replication. WDR5 is essential for assembling th...

[01-03-2018]Chinese scientists develop new flu vaccine

A research group from Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, announced that they have developed a new type of flu vaccine using nano-technology. The intranasal nano-vaccine can target broad-spectrum flu viruses and induces robust immune responses, said Cui Zongqiang, leader of the research group.

[19-12-2017]Scientists highlight the functional significance of NS3 in noroviral life cycle

Noroviruses are a genetically diverse group of non-enveloped, positive-stranded RNA viruses belonging to genus Norovirus of the family Caliciviridae. They arefurther segregated into seven genogroups (GI-GVII), three of which cause diseases exclusively in humans (GI, GII, and GIV). Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are now considered the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans across the globe...