molecular mimic

molecular mimic

A chemical compound that structurally or functionally resembles biomolecules and can recognise and bind the biomolecules’ targets.
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Still, the bacteriums dual role as both a molecular mimic and promoter of Th17 cells suggest it could be involved in the onset of disease.
To better understand how the immune response causes these neurological changes, the researchers exposed pregnant mice to a synthetic molecular mimic of a replicating virus.
Finally, a discussion of the differential diagnosis of tRCC, particularly Xp11 t-RCC, is not complete without acknowledging its molecular mimics. Although these tumors may or may not primarily involve the kidney, they may be mistaken for primary or metastatic t-RCC in the absence of sufficient clinical information.
Glycomimetics--non-carbohydrate compounds that are molecular mimics of carbohydrates--are increasingly in demand as therapeutic agents.
So far, he adds, investigators have had little luck finding smaller molecular mimics of GDNF and artemin that could be taken as oral drugs.
Walensky said that molecular mimics of these domains are showing great promise in early clinical trials, yet most of these drugs block three or more BCL-2 family proteins, rather than homing in on one specific cancer-causing target.

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