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Sunday, October 25, 2020

To efficiently infect human cells, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is able to use a receptor called Neuropilin-1, which is very abundant in many human tissues including the respiratory tract, blood vessels and neurons. The breakthrough discovery was made by a German-Finnish team of researchers led by neuroscientists Mika Simons, Technical University of Munich, Germany and virologist Giuseppe Balistreri, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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...Why is the new coronavirus so infectious?

"That SARS-CoV-2 uses the receptor ACE2 to infect our cells was known, but viruses often use multiple factors to maximize their infectious potential" says Dr. Giuseppe Balistreri, head of the research group Viral Cell Biology at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki involved in the study. "Unlike the main receptor ACE2, which is present in low levels, Neuropilin-1 is very abundant in the cells of the nasal cavity. This is a strategically important localization possibly contributing to the efficient infectivity of this new coronavirus, which has caused a major pandemic, spreading rapidly around the world", Balistreri explains.

SARS-CoV-2 infects also the upper respiratory system including the nasal mucosa and consequently spreads rapidly. "This virus is able to leave our body even when we simply breath or talk", Balistreri adds. "The starting point of our study was the question why SARS-CoV, a coronavirus that led to a much smaller outbreak in 2003, and SARS-CoV-2, spread in such a different way even if they use the same main receptor ACE2", explains Ravi Ojha, a young researcher in the Balistreri's team, and one of the main contributors of the study....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-24 09:03 PM | Reply

"Researchers discovered the second 'key' used by virus"

Bb?

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-24 09:21 PM | Reply

A#

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-25 09:45 AM | Reply

Seriously, interesting article, Lamplighter.

The more we learn about COVID-19 (and consequently other coronaviruses), the better the scientific community will be able to develop treatments and cures.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-25 09:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trumptidumpster must have told them where to find it because he so's great... I'm sure he will take responsibility for it.

#5 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-10-25 10:30 AM | Reply

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Most Trumpers aren't going to care. New information discovered by science doesn't fit their narrative.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-10-25 02:05 PM | Reply

I'm so winning a Noble Prize for this one. I can hardly wait...
-Donald Trump, science guy

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2020-10-25 06:35 PM | Reply

"The breakthrough discovery was made by a German-Finnish team of researchers led by neuroscientists Mika Simons, Technical University of Munich, Germany and virologist Giuseppe Balistreri, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland."

Wait I thought all the best medical breakthroughs came from america. At least that's what the health care system and their puppets use as an excuse for why americans pay so much more than everywhere else on earth.

This breakthrough was discovered by... SOCIALISTS!

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-10-25 08:23 PM | Reply

"The breakthrough discovery was made by a German-Finnish team of researchers led by neuroscientists Mika Simons, Technical University of Munich, Germany and virologist Giuseppe Balistreri, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland."

Wait I thought all the best medical breakthroughs came from america. At least that's what the health care system and their puppets use as an excuse for why americans pay so much more than everywhere else on earth.

This breakthrough was discovered by... SOCIALISTS!

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-10-25 09:38 PM | Reply

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