Researchers from Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics and the University of Adelaide have found an entirely new way that cells and macromolecules interact together. This will change the way scientists explore vaccine development and drug discovery for infectious diseases.
The research shows that glycans, the complex sugar structures on cells linked to the spread of many diseases, can interact with each other at high affinity.
“To develop new drugs and vaccines you have to understand these biological processes and before this we did not know they existed so this finding opens up the opportunity for a range of approaches we can use to block infections,” said Professor Michael Jennings, a research lead.
Professor Jennings said the discovery was also a major contribution to fundamental science as well as the fight against infection disease and it would change the way the scientific community views these interactions in all living systems.
The findings will be used to inform understanding of how bacteria causes disease in humans and developing drugs and vaccines to block these interactions.
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