Dextran derivatives in coronavirus and other respiratory viral infection research

We follow with excitement how dextran derivatives are today successfully used in lung and cell imaging for studying respiratory viral infections including coronavirus. One recent example published in Nature is an in vivo two-photon imaging study looking at transformations of lung during an influenza virus infection (Ueki et al, Nature Protocols 2020). Another example is a study of human coronavirus entry to the cell elegantly performed using fluorescent confocal microscopy (Owczarek et at, Nature Scientific Reports 2018).


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Owczarek, K., Szczepanski, A., Milewska, A. et al. Early events during human coronavirus OC43 entry to the cell. Sci Rep 8, 7124 (2018).

Ueki, H., Wang, I., Zhao, D. et al. Multicolor two-photon imaging of in vivo cellular pathophysiology upon influenza virus infection using the two-photon IMPRESS. Nat Protoc 15, 1041–1065 (2020).

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