Nobel prize-winning technology reveals common herpes virus structure

Issued: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:43:00 BST

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have used Nobel Prize winning technology, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), to reveal the detailed structure of the common herpes virus.

It is hoped that the findings, published in PLOS Biology, could lead to the development of new drugs to treat the virus.

Dr David Bhella, Programme Leader, MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and Director of the Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging, commented: “We hope that this study will eventually lead to the development of new medicines to treat acute herpes virus infections, through the design of drugs that will block the action of the portal motor”.

The development of cryo-EM as a technique for resolving detailed atomic structures was developed at the MRC laboratory of Molecular Biology.