COVID-19 Attacking an Airway Cell (3D Tour)
To further the public’s understanding of COVID-19, BioDigital has created the first interactive 3D visualization of the coronavirus itself that causes COVID-19 and made it freely available for public use. Please see below one of these modules, which can be seen in full here.
The 3D interactive scene you are looking at shows SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). ACE2 (angiotensin converting enzyme 2) receptor sits on the surface of an airway epithelial cell, one of the cells that lines the airway. It is this receptor that binds to spike (S) protein on SARS-CoV-2. Click on the labels for further information, and click on the next chapter to see SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein binding to ACE2 receptor.