Broad and Differential Animal Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 Receptor Usage by SARS-CoV-2 Academic Article uri icon

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  • SARS-CoV-2 uses human ACE2 as a primary receptor for host cell entry. Viral entry mediated by the interaction of ACE2 with spike protein largely determines host range and is the major constraint to interspecies transmission. We examined the receptor activity of 14 ACE2 orthologs and found that wild-type and mutant SARS-CoV-2 lacking the furin cleavage site in S protein could utilize ACE2 from a broad range of animal species to enter host cells. These results have important implications in the natural hosts, interspecies transmission, animal models, and molecular basis of receptor binding for SARS-CoV-2.


  • Zhao, Xuesen
  • Chen, Danying
  • Szabla, Robert
  • Zheng, Mei
  • Li, Guoli
  • Du, Pengcheng
  • Zheng, Shuangli
  • Li, Xinglin
  • Song, Chuan
  • Li, Rui
  • Guo, Ju-Tao
  • Junop, Murray
  • Zeng, Hui
  • Lin, Hanxin

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  • August 31, 2020

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