Exonbio has developed antibodies which is the core IVD ingredient for rapid test of Ebola virus. These antibodies can detect a wide spectrum of virus species which are known to cause disease in humans: Sudan, Mayinga, Bundibugyo and Tai Forest.
The highly virulent nature of Ebola virus, evident from the 2014 West African pandemic, highlights the need to develop vaccines or therapeutic agents that limit the pathogenesis and spread of this virus. While vaccines represent an obvious approach, targeting virus interactions with host proteins that critically regulate the virus lifecycle also represent important therapeutic strategies. Among Ebola virus proteins at this critical interface is its matrix protein, VP40, which is abundantly expressed during infection and plays a number of critical roles in the viral lifecycle. In addition to regulating viral transcription, VP40 coordinates virion assembly and budding from infected cells. Details of the molecular mechanisms underpinning these essential functions are currently being elucidated, with a particular emphasis on its interactions with host proteins that control virion assembly and egress.