By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – University of Pittsburgh researchers have isolated a biomolecule that “completely and specifically” neutralizes the virus that causes coronavirus.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a report published Monday in the journal Cell. The antibody component is 1
The researchers reported that Ab8 is “extremely effective” in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters.
“Ab8 not only has potential as a therapy for COVID-19, but it can also be used to prevent people from getting SARS-CoV-2 infections,” said co-author John Mellors, MD, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UPMC. and Pitt, said in a release from UPMC. “Larger antibodies have worked against other infectious diseases and have been well tolerated, giving us hope that it can be an effective treatment for patients with COVID-19 and to protect those who have never had the infection and are not. immune.”
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