Researchers show that cells that line the lungs are the best hosts for the virus, paving the way for targeted treatments.
A research team at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has become the first to map the proteins that enable the coronavirus to spread throughout the human body – a key breakthrough needed in developing treatments for the killer disease.
Led by geneticist Dr. Noam Stern-Ginosar, the team used advanced biological tools to successfully identify 23 new types of proteins used by the virus as it spreads through the body, especially into the lungs.
RNA in the virus was already known to be the source for producing 29 different proteins, including the “spike protein” that helps the virus to infect other cells. Proteins created by the coronavirus are formed in the lungs, and finding out how those proteins are created would be crucial to developing drug treatments to help coronavirus sufferers, scientists say.