KAIMRC Research Highlight

A gracious host for Middle East respiratory syndrome

Kidney tissues could support the growth of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Infectious Diseases Research highlights

KAIMRC Innovations highlights the most exciting research taking place at the different research centers in KAIMRC. The research highlights are informative articles that cover breakthrough research and are accessible to the wider science community and a general audience interested in science. With regular weekly updates, this is the place to keep up with the best clinical and medical research happening at KAIMRC and around the world.

International Research Highlight
Targeting hepatitis B virus vulnerabilities

July 8, 2019

Metabolic pathways altered by chronic hepatitis B virus infection may give clues to novel treatment.

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Saudi Arabia worst hit by MERS

June 17, 2019

A study on the prevalence of MERS-CoV in Gulf Corporation Council countries shows the virus has taken its greatest toll in Saudi Arabia.

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Western strain of hepatitis C on the rise in Saudi Arabia

March 17, 2019

National efforts to curb transmission are in place to limit the virus’s spread.

International Research Highlight
Investigating immune responses

February 12, 2019

A molecule produced by hepatitis B virus prompts the body’s immune cells to leap into action.

International Research Highlight
Genetic make-up and its impact on viral infection

February 12, 2019

A fast and simple approach for analysing people’s genetic make-up and the viruses that infect them could reveal molecular information that can be used to improve prevention and treatment of disease.

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Antibiotic resistance: Tracking drug sensitivity in E. coli

February 11, 2019

Analyses of E. coli samples from Saudi hospital patients indicate large increases in resistance to first-line antibiotics.

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When liver disease patients fall off the medical radar

February 11, 2019

People with viral hepatitis often do not return for follow-up treatment, highlighting the need for more robust support strategies.

International Research Highlight
In search of strategies to disrupt viral docking

February 11, 2019

Insights into how two viruses initiate the infection of host cells could guide development of countermeasures.

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MERS virus evades immune responses

September 26, 2017

A single surface protein helps the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) survive by inhibiting the immune system.

International Research Highlight
Grape-derived antiviral drug could treat MERS

September 10, 2017

Initial investigations show an antiviral drug, derived from grape and cranberry plants, could also be effective against the virus that causes MERS.

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Potential for a MERS antibody therapy

April 11, 2017

Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may produce sufficient antibodies to help fight the viral infection in more recentvictims.

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Mixed messages on wider effects of vaccines

February 26, 2017

Vaccines against tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles may have effects on other aspects of health.

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Preventing flu in kidney transplant patients

December 16, 2016

A flu shot may also benefit transplant patients under age 65.

International Research Highlight
Hepatitis B: Predict, treat, avoid

December 16, 2016

A biomarker has been found that can help predict the reactivation of the hepatitis B virus in immunosuppressed patients.

International Research Highlight
‘Young blood’ a defence against infection

December 2, 2016

Signatures of a more potent and durable immune response may explain why children fend off chronic hepatitis C infection better than adults.

International Research Highlight
How hepatitis C takes control

November 2, 2016

The hepatitis virus commandeers key cellular machinery to keep itself safe.

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Peptide promise for diagnostics

August 17, 2016

Rapid diagnosis of HIV may soon be possible thanks to a novel peptide-based diagnostic tool.

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Gene tweak induces stronger immunity

August 14, 2016

Changing the switch that turns on vaccine protein production elicits a stronger immune response against malaria and influenza in mice.

International Research Highlight
First MERS autopsy yields ‘critical insights’

August 14, 2016

The world’s first autopsy of a patient with Middle East respiratory syndrome shows that the lungs are the infection’s main target.

International Research Highlight
Hepatitis B poses lifetime cancer risk

August 14, 2016

Clearance of active hepatitis B virus from the blood does not reduce the risk of liver cancer.

International Research Highlight
How hepatitis C takes control

August 11, 2016

The hepatitis virus commandeers key cellular machinery to keep itself safe.

International Research Highlight
Promising protein target

August 11, 2016

A structural analysis of proteins in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus reveals a promising new target for treatments.

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Eliminating risk factors of heart attack

July 8, 2016

Sex has no effect on increasing the risk of a major heart attack for patients with extensive coronary artery disease.

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