Saturday, October 24, 2020

Researchers might’ve just solved a huge coronavirus mystery

A scientist wearing a mask and looking through the microscope in a laboratory. Image source: karn/Adobe

Chris Smith, BGR

Researchers may have discovered a previously unknown step involved in the mechanism that allows the novel coronavirus to infect cells.

Scientists have discovered that SARS-CoV-2 binds to a receptor called neuropilin-1, which is found in various places inside the human body. That connection facilitates the critical link-up between the spike protein and the ACE2 receptor.

By blocking neuropilin-1 in cell cultures, scientists were able to significantly reduce the coronavirus’s ability to infect a person.  Read more >>