Volume 89 Issue 16 | pp. 35-36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 18, 2011

Peptide Denies Cell Entry To Ebola Virus

With a newly designed peptide, scientists have developed a way to inhibit the deadly virus
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Ebola virus, C-peptide

A novel approach to fight Ebola virus uses a designed peptide to inhibit the deadly virus’ entry into host cells. Ebola infection causes a rapidly progressing condition with internal and external bleeding and high fever. The disease has a high mortality rate, and there are currently no approved vaccines or therapies. Infection begins when a viral surface glycoprotein catalyzes fusion between the virus’s membrane and the membrane of endosomes in host cells. C-peptides inhibit similar . . .

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