UA group of scientists from the universities of Leuven and Namur, in Belgium, made a discovery that could well revolutionize the fight against coronavirus. The researchers developed a method that involves a type of sugar called acetylated 9-O, which was isolated and used as a ‘shield’ against Covid-19, advances a publication in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
Scientists explain that when SARS-CoV-2 comes into contact with a cell, it needs to create bonds and cling to it. Only then can it contact the ACE2 receptor and carry out the infection. For this, the external surface of the virus is coated with a large amount of the spike protein, responsible for the entry of the virus into cells and for the identification of the ACE2 receptor, as summarized by the scientist David Alsteens in statements to the newspaper Le Soir.
The good news is that researchers have discovered that 9-O-acetylated sugars can serve as a second barrier. In this way, the virus dies without being able to infect human cells.
Those responsible believe that these findings will be useful for the creation of antivirals that facilitate the complete eradication of the virus. For now, the solution found will be tested in laboratory mice and, depending on the results, clinical trials may include humans.
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