Diagnostic for Influenza Virulence (SJ-11-0029)

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Diagnostic for Influenza Virulence (SJ-11-0029)
Description Our researchers have identified 4 amino acid residues within the influenza A virus PB1-F2 protein that are excellent predictors of the virulence of the associated virus strain. This discovery can be used to develop a simple diagnostic test to detect virulent influenza strains within a virus sample.
Keywords Influenza, virulence, PB1-F2
Granted Patents or Published Applications U.S. application pending
Related Scientific References Alvmova, I.V. et al.,”Mapping the Functional Domains of the Infuenza A Virus PB1-F2 Protein”, poster presentation at the Negative Strand Virology Meeting, Brussels, Belgium (June 22, 2010);

McAuley, J.L. et al., “PB1-F2 Proteins from H5N1 and 20th Century Pandemic Influenza Viruses Cause Immunopathology”, PLOS Pathogens 6(7): e1001014 (epub. July 2010);

Smith, A.M. et al., “Effect of 1918 PB1-F2 Expression on Influenza A Virus Infection Kinetics”, PLOS Computational Biology 7(2): e1001081 (epub. Feb. 2011)
Licensing Opportunities We are currently seeking licensing opportunities for the development of a diagnostic test based on this technology


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Last update: March 2012