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  1. Review of "Broadly Neutralizing antibodies against Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 derived from mRNA-lipid nanoparticle-immunized mice"

    Reviewer: Juan Pablo Jaworski (IVIT - CONICET) | 📗📗📗📗◻️

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  3. SciScore for 10.1101/2022.04.19.488843: (What is this?)

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

    Table 1: Rigor

    EthicsIACUC: All animal experiments were approved by the Academia Sinica Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC protocol No.
    Sex as a biological variableFour- to six-week-old female BALB/c mice were immunized with 5 μg of the Kappa spike and RBD mRNA-LNP by intramuscular (I.M.) injection.
    Randomizationnot detected.
    Blindingnot detected.
    Power Analysisnot detected.
    Cell Line Authenticationnot detected.

    Table 2: Resources

    Anti-RBD and control antibodies were added to the plates and incubated for 1 h at room temperature.
    suggested: None
    Then, the cells were washed and horseradish peroxidase-conjugated anti-human antibody (1:2000) was added for 1 h at room temperature.
    anti-human antibody
    suggested: None
    Experimental Models: Cell Lines
    After four inoculations with the same concentration of mRNA-LNP, the splenocytes from immunized mice were harvested and fused with mouse myeloma NS-1 cells.
    suggested: RRID:CVCL_IV58)
    The pseudovirus neutralization assays were performed using HEK293T cells that expressed human ACE2 (HEK293T/hACE2)
    suggested: None
    The mixtures were then added to pre-seeded HEK293T/hACE2 cells for 24 h at 37°C.
    suggested: RRID:CVCL_A7UK)
    Experimental Models: Organisms/Strains
    Four- to six-week-old female BALB/c mice were immunized with 5 μg of the Kappa spike and RBD mRNA-LNP by intramuscular (I.M.) injection.
    suggested: RRID:IMSR_ORNL:BALB/cRl)
    Recombinant DNA
    The PCR products were cloned using the pGEM-T Easy Vector System (Promega) and analyzed by DNA sequencing.
    pGEM-T Easy
    suggested: RRID:Addgene_86229)
    The resulting VH was cloned into a modified pcDNA5-FRT-Gamma1 expression vector with human IgG1 constant region.
    suggested: None
    Software and Algorithms
    Recombinant protein-based ELISA: Recombinant RBD and spike-His tag proteins for different SARS-CoV-2 variants were purchased from ACROBiosystems.
    suggested: (ACRObiosystems, RRID:SCR_012550)
    The half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) was calculated by nonlinear regression using Prism software version 8.1.0 (
    suggested: (PRISM, RRID:SCR_005375)
    GraphPad Software Inc.)
    suggested: (GraphPad Prism, RRID:SCR_002798)
    From the sequences, the framework regions (FRs) and complementarity determining regions (CDRs) were defined by searching with the NCBI IgBLAST program (
    suggested: (IgBLAST, RRID:SCR_002873)
    After analyzing the structure with PyMOL software, we identified the key amino acid residues at which mutations may impact the original conformation of the CDRs.
    suggested: (PyMOL, RRID:SCR_000305)

    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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