Scientists Identify Antibody That Prevents Coronavirus From Infecting Living Cells Which Could Lead To Effective Treatment
Lockdowns in every country are slowly lifting but this is a worrying fact for many medical experts who feel that the coronavirus may see a surge in cases. It doesn’t look any better now with several countries including the US reporting thousands of new cases every day. That being said, scientists have come up with a positive aspect to defeating or reducing the onslaught of the virus by identifying accurately the antibodies to block infection by COVID19. The antibody in question now targets the main spike protein of the destructive virus.
1A new antibody could change the course of the virus
47D11 is an antibody that can change the course of the virus pandemic right now creating havoc around the world. The antibody can block infection in cells and targets the main protein of COVID19. If recent research proves conclusive, and trials prove it too, then this will alter the course of infection and protect those not infected by the virus causing the global health crisis.
2New antibody identified that can neutralize the coronavirus proteins
The infamous spike protein of the coronavirus is used by it to hook on to cells to insert its own deadly genetic makeup. Research studies using mice has found that the antibody 47D11 binds to the spike protein and prevents it from latching on to cells by neutralizing it, or simply as in war, “taking it out ” And removing the threat.
3Hope for effective COVID19 treatment
The amazing breakthrough will undoubtedly go into human trials and if successful will give hope for an effective treatment for COVID19 that is now considered more of a respiratory disease that has taken the lives of more than 240,000 people till date. If injected into humans, the antibody researchers say will alter the course of the coronavirus infection and provide protection to those not yet infected by the virus. The study was done by a research team in Europe used 51 cell lines from mice to identify the correct antibody. The cell lines were engineered to carry human genes.