The scientists’ findings suggest that using a structure-based vaccine design and self-assembling nanoparticles to deliver a viral protein that prompts an immune response could be a promising approach for developing an EBV vaccine for humans.
M Kanekiyo et al. Rational Design of an Epstein-Barr Virus Vaccine Targeting the Receptor Binding Site. Cell DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.07.043 (2015).
NIAID director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., and Jeffrey Cohen, M.D., chief of NIAID’s Laboratory of Infectious Diseases and co-corresponding author on the study, are available to comment.
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