New Findings May Bring Researchers One Step Closer to COVID-19 Treatment

Researchers from Cornell University, US, examined in detail the structure and mechanisms related to the current coronavirus, COVID-19, and their findings may bring us one step closer to appropriate treatment.new findings may bring researchers one step closer to coronavirus treatment

Within the study, the researchers analyzed fusion peptides, short-chain amino acids present in the spike proteins of the coronaviruses. Having compared the fusion peptides of the different coronaviruses, the scientists found that the biological sequences of the fusion peptides in SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 were 93% alike.

Prof. Susan Daniel, one of the researchers of the study, says: “Blocking the fusion step is significant because the fusion machinery doesn’t evolve and change as fast as other parts of the protein do. It’s been built to do a particular thing, which is to merge these two membranes together. So if you can develop antiviral strategies to reduce that efficiency, you could have potentially very broadly-acting treatments.”

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