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Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss New Coronavirus Enzyme Structure

Newswise — New Brunswick, N.J. (Feb. 5, 2020) – Stephen K. Burley, director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank headquartered at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is available for interviews on the 3D structure of a key enzyme in the new coronavirus that has been made publicly available in the Protein Data Bank archive. The Worldwide Protein Data Bank website has an image of the structure.

The enzyme is thought to be a promising target for discovery of drugs that would prevent spread of the infection, according to the website. The enzyme is also the current Molecule of the Month, featuring an image on the RCSB Protein Data Bank website and educational article.

The website also has more coronavirus resources, including a coronavirus painting.

The new coronavirus has infected more than 24,000 people, mostly in China, with nearly 500 deaths confirmed.

The Protein Data Bank archive houses more than 160,000 3D structures for proteins, DNA and RNA that are freely available worldwide. The archive is jointly managed by the Worldwide Protein Data Bank partnership, involving data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. U.S. operations are led by the RCSB Protein Data Bank at Rutgers, the University of California, San Diego-San Diego Supercomputer Center and the University of California, San Francisco.



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Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino at neal.buccino@echo.rutgers.edu

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