Kneller—who specializes in studying HIV protease using crystallography—joined Kovalevsky’s team in January of 2020 to help with the experimental and computational work on the HIV protease.
Microscopic view of the SARS-CoV-2 protease crystals grown in ORNL’s Protein Crystallization and Characterization laboratory.
In general, HIV protease inhibitors are quite effective at blocking protease during HIV replication, but some variations of protease have developed an ability to resist drug inhibitors.
“Figuring out how PRS-17 resists HIV protease inhibitors is a challenge, but one that we absolutely have to overcome.
A drug-resistant type of HIV protease interacting with an HIV protease inhibitor.

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