A research paper on how the spike protein of the Corona 19 virus, in which Dr. Ahn Seol-hee (32) participated as the first author, opens up human cells and becomes easy to infect, is being published in the August 20th issue of Nature Chemistry. Dr. Ahn Seol-hee is the daughter of Ahn Cheol-soo, chairman of the People’s Party, and Kim Mi-kyung, a professor of medicine at Seoul National University.
On the 19th, a research team led by Professor Romi Amaro of the University of California, San Diego, USA published a study in the international scientific journal Nature Chemistry that identified how Corona 19 penetrates the human body at the level of changes in protein molecular structure.
The first authors of this paper were Dr. Seolhee Ahn and Dr. Terra Sztain, who conducted simulations using a supercomputer. It was held at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Dr. Ahn Seol-hee and Dr. Tera Stein belonged. Afterwards, the researchers confirmed the simulation results through a virtual experiment.
Seolhee Ahn received her PhD in computational chemistry from Stanford University in 2018 and is working as a postdoctor at UCSD.
Last year, he was awarded the ‘Gordon Bell’, which is called the Nobel Prize in the field of supercomputers, and this year, he received the ‘Young Researcher Award’ from the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Ahn Seol-hee discovered that ‘glycan’, a sugar-containing residue around the edge of the COVID-19 virus spike protein, acts as a gateway to start penetration into human cells. If the glycan checkpoint can be pharmacologically ‘locked’, then the invasion of the virus can be prevented.
Professor Rommie E. Amaro, who was the corresponding author of the paper, said, “We have uncovered an important secret of how spikes actually change and become infected. Without sugar chains, viruses are basically infectable.”
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