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  1. Review 3: "Small-molecule ligands can inhibit −1 programmed ribosomal frameshifting in a broad spectrum of coronaviruses"

    This preprint examines the therapeutic potential of small molecule ligands that inhibit ribosomal frameshifting.The authors find the tested ligands inhibit ribosomal frameshifting in vitro for a panel of coronaviruses and reviewers find the preprint's strength of evidence strong.

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  2. Review 2: "Small-molecule ligands can inhibit −1 programmed ribosomal frameshifting in a broad spectrum of coronaviruses"

    This preprint examines the therapeutic potential of small molecule ligands that inhibit ribosomal frameshifting.The authors find the tested ligands inhibit ribosomal frameshifting in vitro for a panel of coronaviruses and reviewers find the preprint's strength of evidence strong.

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  3. Review 1: "Small-molecule ligands can inhibit −1 programmed ribosomal frameshifting in a broad spectrum of coronaviruses"

    This preprint examines the therapeutic potential of small molecule ligands that inhibit ribosomal frameshifting.The authors find the tested ligands inhibit ribosomal frameshifting in vitro for a panel of coronaviruses and reviewers find the preprint's strength of evidence strong.

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  4. Strength of evidence

    Reviewers: Ewan Plant (US FDA) | 📗📗📗📗◻️ 
      Yitzhak Pilpel (Weizmann Institute) | 📘📘📘📘📘
    Pavel Baranov (University of College Cork) | 📒📒📒◻️◻️

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  5. SciScore for 10.1101/2021.08.06.455424: (What is this?)

    Please note, not all rigor criteria are appropriate for all manuscripts.

    Table 1: Rigor

    Ethicsnot detected.
    Sex as a biological variablenot detected.
    Randomizationnot detected.
    Blindingnot detected.
    Power Analysisnot detected.
    Cell Line Authenticationnot detected.

    Table 2: Resources

    Experimental Models: Cell Lines
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    Bi-fluorescence frameshift measurements: A549 (CRL-185) cells were purchased from the American Type Culture Collection (Manassas, VA).
    A549
    suggested: None
    Recombinant DNA
    SentencesResources
    For measuring −1 PRF efficiency in the panel of CoV frameshift signals used to test inhibitors, we used a dual-luciferase reporting system based on a plasmid containing the sequence for Renilla luciferase and the multiple cloning site (MCS) from the plasmid pMLuc-1 (Novagen) upstream of the firefly luciferase sequence in the plasmid pISO (addgene), as described previously (19,26).
    pMLuc-1
    suggested: None
    pISO
    suggested: None
    To remove rNTPs and polymerase, mRNA was purified using weak anion exchange as described (34). (3) Construction of bi-fluorescent reporter for cell-based assays: The reporter plasmid pJD2261 was constructed by cloning a gBlock (IDT) encoding AcGFP, the HIV-1 −1 PRF signal, mCherry, and insulator A2 described previously(35) into PstI-digested pUC19 (Genbank accession L09137).
    pJD2261
    suggested: None
    pUC19
    suggested: RRID:Addgene_50005)
    Next, the CMV promoter from pJD2044 was inserted into KpnI/PstI-digested fluorescent reporter.
    pJD2044
    suggested: None
    The SARS-CoV-2 frameshift reporter was made by digesting pJD2514 [19] using SalI and BamHI, gel-purifying the SARS-CoV-2 −1 PRF insert, and then ligating it into SalI/BamHI-digested pJD2261 vector.
    pJD2514
    suggested: None
    Software and Algorithms
    SentencesResources
    Secondary structural predictions were performed on the pKiss (31) and Hotknots (32,33) web servers using default settings, with the proposed structures (Fig.
    pKiss
    suggested: (pKiss, RRID:SCR_017256)
    All data analysis was carried out in Graphpad Prizm 8 and 9.
    Graphpad
    suggested: (GraphPad, RRID:SCR_000306)

    Results from OddPub: We did not detect open data. We also did not detect open code. Researchers are encouraged to share open data when possible (see Nature blog).


    Results from LimitationRecognizer: An explicit section about the limitations of the techniques employed in this study was not found. We encourage authors to address study limitations.

    Results from TrialIdentifier: No clinical trial numbers were referenced.


    Results from Barzooka: We did not find any issues relating to the usage of bar graphs.


    Results from JetFighter: We did not find any issues relating to colormaps.


    Results from rtransparent:
    • Thank you for including a conflict of interest statement. Authors are encouraged to include this statement when submitting to a journal.
    • Thank you for including a funding statement. Authors are encouraged to include this statement when submitting to a journal.
    • No protocol registration statement was detected.

    Results from scite Reference Check: We found no unreliable references.


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