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GeneMedi pseudotype virus (pseudovirus) of SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) B.1.1.7 lineage

Taking responsibility to help accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic antibody discovery and development, GeneMedi had developed the pseudotype virus (pseudovirus) of SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) B.1.1.7 lineage, which will meet the evaluation of the efficacy of COVID19 vaccines and therapeutic antibodies.

SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) B.1.1.7 lineage of Spike protein & ACE2 competition binding assay for efficacy evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutic antibodies

GeneMedi codon-optimized spike mammalian expression vector for SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) B.1.1.7 lineage

GeneMedi designed a mammalian expression codon-optimized spike mutation/deletion variant vector for COVID-19 SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) B.1.1.7 lineage.

Spike mutant variant of SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) B.1.1.7 lineage spreaded in UK

The world is in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently a novel SARS-COV-2 (2019nCOV) lineage, the B.1.1.7 lineage, with serials of site mutation, shows stronger infection ability in the UK. The SARS-COV-2 B.1.1.7 lineage carries a larger than a usual number of coronavirus genetic changes.

The Spike protein (S-protein) of SARS-CoV-2 (2019nCoV) mediates receptor (ACE2) binding and cell entry and is the dominant target of the immune system.

In SARS-COV-2 B.1.1.7 lineage, most mutations and deletions occur in the coronavirus spike protein. These include spike position 501, one of the key contact residues in the receptor-binding domain (RBD), and experimental data suggest mutation N501Y can increase ACE2 receptor affinity (Starr et al. 2020) and P681H, one of 4 residues comprising the insertion that creates a furin cleavage site between S1 and S2 in spike. The S1/S2 furin cleavage site of SARS-CoV-2 is not found in closely related coronaviruses and has been shown to promote entry into respiratory epithelial cells and transmission in animal models (Hoffmann, Kleine-Weber, and Pöhlmann 2020; Peacock et al. 2020; Zhu et al. 2020). N501Y has been associated with increased infectivity and virulence in a mouse model (Gu et al. 2020). Both N501Y and P681H have been observed independently but not to our knowledge in combination before now.

Also present is the deletion of two amino acids at sites 69-70 in spike – this mutation is one of a number of recurrent deletions observed in the N terminal domain of Spike (McCarthy et al. 2020; Kemp et al. 2020) and has been seen in multiple lineages linked to several RBD mutations. For example, it arose in the mink-associated outbreak in Denmark on the background of the Y453F RBD mutation, and in humans in association with the N439K RBD mutation, accounting for its relatively high frequency in the global genome data (~3000 sequences).

The mutations and deletions information of GeneMedi’s codon-optimized Spike vector for SARS-COV-2 B.1.1.7 lineage in UK COVID-19 pandemic recently:

21765-21770 deletion 21991-21993 deletion A23063T C23271A C23604A C23709T T24506G G24914C Spike-S1 Subunit Spike-S1 Subunit Spike-S1 Subunit-RBD Spike-S1 Subunit Spike-S1 Subunit Spike-S2 Subunit Spike-S2 Subunit Spike-S2 Subunit HV 69-70 deletion (Click to more details about HV 69-70 deletion related products) Y144 deletion N501Y (Click to more details about N501Y related products) A570D P681H T716I S982A D1118H
Gene Nucleotide Amino acid
11288-11296 deletionSGF 3675-3677 deletion
spike21765-21770 deletionHV 69-70 deletion (Click to more details
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21991-21993 deletionY144 deletion
A23063TN501Y (Click to more details
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N28280 GAT->CTAD3L


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