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The development of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and their common features
Liu Daisy Liu1 , Chaoyang Lian2 , Leng-Siew Yeap2,* , Fei-Long Meng1,*
1State Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Center for Excellence in Molecular Cell Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China
2Shanghai Institute of Immunology, State Key Laboratory of Oncogenes and Related Genes, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China
*Correspondence to:Leng-Siew Yeap , Email:yeaplengsiew@shsmu.edu.cn Fei-Long Meng , Email:feilong.meng@sibcb.ac.cn
J Mol Cell Biol, Volume 12, Issue 12, December 2020, Pages 980-986  https://doi.org/10.1093/jmcb/mjaa070
Keyword: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, neutralizing antibody, epitope, RBD

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused a worldwide severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic since December 2019. There is a great demand for effective therapies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Developing therapeutic neutralizing antibodies (NAbs), which could block viral infection, is such a promising approach, as NAbs have been successfully applied to the treatment of other viral infections. The recent advances of antibody technology have greatly accelerated the discovery of SARS-CoV-2 NAbs, and many of which are now actively tested in clinical trials. Here, we review the approaches applied for SARS-CoV-2 NAb development, and discuss the emerging technologies underlining the antibody discovery. We further summarize the common features of these antibodies including the shared neutralizing epitopes and sequence features.