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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Tailored design of protein nanoparticle scaffolds for multivalent presentation of viral glycoprotein antigens

    George Ueda et al.
    De novo protein nanoparticles were designed from scratch to present viral glycoprotein antigens, providing a systematic way to study the influence of antigen presentation geometry on immune response.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Parallel evolution of influenza across multiple spatiotemporal scales

    Katherine S Xue et al.
    Influenza evolution within infected hosts recapitulates many evolutionary dynamics observed at the global scale.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Science Forum: Viral factors in influenza pandemic risk assessment

    Marc Lipsitch et al.
    We identify key strengths and limitations in use of viral genotyping and phenotyping to estimate pandemic risk from influenza A viruses, focusing on 3 traits, hemagglutinin binding specificity, hemagglutinin pH of activation, and polymerase complex efficiency.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Crash landing of Vibrio cholerae by MSHA pili-assisted braking and anchoring in a viscoelastic environment

    Wenchao Zhang et al.
    Mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin pili act as a braking and anchoring machine during the three-phase landing process of Vibrio cholerae.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    The contrasting phylodynamics of human influenza B viruses

    Dhanasekaran Vijaykrishna et al.
    The analysis of the genomes of two lineages of influenza B virus (Victoria and Yamagata) reveal that their phylodynamics are fundamentally different, and are determined by a complex relationship between virus transmission, age of infection and receptor binding preference.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Influenza A virus surface proteins are organized to help penetrate host mucus

    Michael D Vahey, Daniel A Fletcher
    By distributing receptor-binding and receptor-destroying proteins asymmetrically on their surface, filamentous influenza A virus particles create a Brownian ratchet that facilitates their passage through mucus.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Sterically confined rearrangements of SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein control cell invasion

    Esteban Dodero-Rojas et al.
    SARS-CoV-2 entry mechanism through membrane fusion is regulated by the spike protein glycosylation state.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A large effective population size for established within-host influenza virus infection

    Casper K Lumby et al.
    Once an influenza infection is established, selection acts efficiently in favouring fitter viral genotypes, its effects being limited only by the short length of a typical infection.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Integrating genotypes and phenotypes improves long-term forecasts of seasonal influenza A/H3N2 evolution

    John Huddleston et al.
    The combination of phenotypic measures of antigenic drift and genotypic measures of functional constraint improves the accuracy of long-term seasonal influenza A/H3N2 forecasts.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    The effects of a deleterious mutation load on patterns of influenza A/H3N2's antigenic evolution in humans

    Katia Koelle, David A Rasmussen
    Deleterious mutations slow down flu's antigenic evolution, make it more punctuated in nature, and reduce the virus's genetic diversity.