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Structural Biology of the Zika Virus
- Shi, Yi, Gao, George F.
- Trends in biochemical sciences 2017 v.42 no.6 pp. 443-456
- Culicidae, Zika virus, adults, congenital abnormalities, drugs, humans, neonates, pathogenesis, pregnant women, virology
- Zika virus (ZIKV), a Flaviviridae family member transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, has emerged as a major health concern. ZIKV infections can cause serious neurological complications in adults, and infection in pregnant women can cause congenital malformations, including fetal and newborn microcephaly. In response to this emerging concern, the structural virology field was quick to explore the features of ZIKV. These efforts have provided significant insights into ZIKV pathogenesis, and have identified targets for drug design. Here, we review the remarkable progress in structure-based ZIKV research and discuss the current challenges and future opportunities.