Scientists from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom identified a medicine that is used for the liver and that can prevent covid infection. The study was published in the journal Nature.
According to this it can against future variants of the virus. ursodeoxycholic acid, used to treat or prevent various bile conditions, it regulates the ACE2 receptor, which facilitates the entry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into cells and may reduce infection, according to tests conducted with animal and human organoids and tissues.
Modulating viral receptors could “complement vaccination” and be suitable for treating covid in certain vulnerable groups, noted the scientific journal.
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Since the substance regulates human cells, rather than targeting the virus, its administration may help protect the variant organism that may emerge in the future, highlight the researchers in a statement from their university.
“Vaccines protect us by boosting our immune system, so it can recognize the virus and eliminate it, or at least weaken it,” described the lead author of the paper, Fotios Sampaziotis.
The expert mentioned that vaccines do not work for everyone, for example, in patients with a weakened immune system, and not everyone has access to them. In addition, the virus can mutate into new vaccine-resistant variants.”
Sampaziotis and his team have investigated “alternative ways” to protect themselves from SARS-CoV-2 and they have found “a way to close the door on the virus, preventing it from entering cells and protecting against infection,” he described.