Even after more than half a year, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the Sars-Cov-2 virus, which causes the disease COVID-19. Although we now know to a large extent how it spreads and what it can do in the body, it remains a mystery. Yet how to prevent the virus from spreading in the body in the first place is something that scientists all over the world are working on at full speed. An international team from Germany, Switzerland, and the USA has now taken a big step towards finding the answer to this problem.
The scientists have been able to prove that the LY6E protein, a protein produced by the human immune system that can effectively inhibit coronaviruses, can also prevent Sars-Cov-2 from triggering an infection. ” This provides information on potential treatment strategies,” says Prof. Dr. Stephanie Pfänder from the Department of Molecular and Medical Virology at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB, Germany), first author of the study ‘LY6E impairs coronavirus fusion and confers immune control of viral disease,’ which the team published in the academic journal Nature Microbiology
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