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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1078
Prediction of cytomegalovirus specific immunoglobulin structure

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China

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Date of Web Publication5-Oct-2017

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Prediction of cytomegalovirus specific immunoglobulin structure. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1078

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Prediction of cytomegalovirus specific immunoglobulin structure. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 10];10:1078. Available from:

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Cytomegalovirus is an important infection and is the present public health problem in many countries. In some cases, the severe infection can be seen and this becomes a hard-to-manage disease. The problem is common in the children and impaired immune hosts.[1] The use of immunotherapy for the management of cytomegalovirus infection is interesting but the big problem is that a specific immunoglobulin to treat cytomegalovirus is still not available.[2] Bhat et al. noted that the presently available general “intravenousimmunoglobulin, although used commonly in CMV pneumonia, is not very clear”.[3] Here, the authors use the bioinformatics analysis to construct the model of cytomegalovirus specific immunoglobulin structure, using the standard tool namely PIGS (prediction of immunoglobulin structure). This tool is based on the concept of canonical structures of antibody loops as well as on the concept of the light and heavy chains being packed together.[4] The template for construction is the light and heavy chain antibody of human beings (Accession: AAB35862.1 and Accession: AAS01770.1), and the approach of graft all loops-backbone only is used. Based on the construction, a new immunoglobunlin with 963 atoms can be derived [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Predicted cytomegalovirus specific immunoglobulin structure

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.196687

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