Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Neuropilin-1 drives SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, finds breakthrough study

In a major breakthrough an international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings, published ...

Vaccination

Providing new technologies for vaccine development

Vaccines, which help the body recognize infectious microorganisms and stage a stronger and faster response, are made up of proteins that are specific to each type of microorganism. In the case of a virus, viral proteins—or ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How the new coronavirus penetrates, exploits and kills cells

"Know your enemy," Sun Tzu, the great sage of war, wrote some 2,500 years ago. Today, as COVID-19 spreads around the globe, the greatest army of medical scientists ever assembled is bent on learning all it can, as fast as ...

Medical research

How viral infections associated with cancer become persistent

Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is one of the seven known viruses that causes cancer in humans and is responsible for Kaposi's sarcoma, a disease linked to immunosuppression mainly associated with AIDS. There ...

Immunology

The wrong track: How papillomaviruses trick the immune system

Specific antibodies protect us against viral infections—or do they? Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) studied the immune response to papillomaviruses in mice and discovered a hitherto unknown mechanism ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19: Anti-viral strategy with double effect

When the SARS-CoV-2 virus penetrates human cells, it lets the human host cell produce proteins for it. One of these viral proteins, called PLpro, is essential for the replication and rapid spread of the virus. An international ...

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