Preprint: “Antigenic minimalism as an emerging evolutionary strategy for coronavirus to evade immune responses”

Convergent, Coronavirus, Health, Infection, Science, Transmission, Vaccine Breakthrough

“..we generated clinically annotated SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequences and identified deletions within this NTD antigenic supersite in a patient with vaccine breakthrough infection (Δ156-164) and other deletions from unvaccinated severe COVID-19 patients that could represent emerging deletion-prone regions. Overall, the expanding repertoire of NTD deletions throughout the pandemic and their association with case surges and vaccine breakthrough infections point to antigenic minimalism as an emerging evolutionary strategy for SARS-CoV-2 to evade immune responses.”

Medrxiv Preprint




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** This post was originally published on June 2, 2021 **