Generation of animal models sensitive to SARS-CoV-2 to test vaccines or drugs

hACE2-COV project, by Pasteur/TheraVectys Joint-Lab

Aim: Rapid development of animal models is of utmost importance to test the efficacy of vaccines and drug against COVID-19. The aim of this research project is to propose models whose cells express the human ACE2 proteins (huACE2) so that they are sensitive to SARS-CoV-2. The ACE2 protein is the gateway for the virus to enter cells. Researchers are proposing to use adenoviruses and lentiviruses as a vector to introduce the huACE2 gene.

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