FRETing over SARS-CoV-2: Conformational Dynamics of the Spike Glycoprotein.
Vitor Serrão, Jeffrey E. Lee
In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Lu et al. utilize single-molecule FRET to reveal the conformation dynamics of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike protein, showing transitions from a closed ground state to the open receptor-accessible conformation via an on-path intermediate. These insights into spike conformations will facilitate rational immunogen design.