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The crystal structures of severe acute respiratory syndrome virus main protease and its complex with an inhibitor

Author: Update time: 2009-08-02

By combining molecular biology and X-ray crystallography, Professor Zihe Rao’s research group resolved the crystal structures of the SARS-CoV main protease (SARS-CoV Mpro) interacting with a specific inhibitor; this was the first report of crystal structures of the SARS virus anywhere in the world. The three dimensional structures of SARS-CoV Mpro interacting with an inhibitor revealed an unexpectedly accurate mode of inhibitor binding and provided a structural basis for rational drug design.

This work was published on PNAS (2003, 100(23):13190–13195)

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