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Glycans Controlling Virus Infections: Meeting Report on the 1st International Symposium on Glycovirology Schöntal, Germany, 02–04 May 2018

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Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, D-72706 Tübingen, Germany
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Research Group “ViroCarb: Glycans controlling non-enveloped virus infections”, Coordinating University of Tübingen, D-72706 Tübingen, Germany
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Institute of Chemistry and Metabolomics, University of Lübeck, D-23562 Lübeck, Germany
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Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Institute of Cellular Virology, ZMBE, University of Münster, D-48149 Münster, Germany
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Viruses 2018, 10(11), 636; https://doi.org/10.3390/v10110636
Received: 11 November 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 15 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Glycobiology of Viral Infections)
Glycans are, with nucleic acids, proteins and lipids, one of the four founding structures of cellular life. Due to their non-template synthesis, they are inherently heterogeneous and difficult to study with regards to their structure and function. Since 2016, the research group ViroCarb, funded by the German Research Foundation, has investigated the role of glycans in non-enveloped virus infections with a highly interdisciplinary approach. The core idea was to bring together scientists and students from various disciplines such as structural biology, cell biology, virology and chemistry to advance research by an interdisciplinary means. In 2018, ViroCarb hosted the 1st International Symposium on Glycovirology in Schöntal, Germany, with a similar aim. Scientists from various disciplines gathered to discuss their area of study, present recent findings, establish or strengthen collaborations, and mentor the next generation of glycovirologists through formal presentations and informal discussions. The secluded meeting at the monastery of Schöntal gave ample time for in-depth discussions. On behalf of ViroCarb, this report summarizes the reports and highlights advances in the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: glycan; virus; infection; structural biology; chemical biology; cell biology glycan; virus; infection; structural biology; chemical biology; cell biology
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Stehle, T.; Peters, T.; Hartmann, L.; Schelhaas, M. Glycans Controlling Virus Infections: Meeting Report on the 1st International Symposium on Glycovirology Schöntal, Germany, 02–04 May 2018. Viruses 2018, 10, 636.

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