Scientists identify carbohydrate used by coronavirus to infect cells, finding may help prevent Covid-19

Scientists identify carbohydrate used by coronavirus to infect cells, finding may help prevent Covid-19


A key carbohydrate molecule that the novel coronavirus uses to infect human cells has been discovered by researchers. The finding of the carbohydrate molecule — called heparan sulphate — may prove useful to treat and prevent the Covid-19, the deadly disease caused by the new coronavirus.It is already known that a molecule known as ACE2 sits like a doorknob on the outer surfaces of the cells that line the lungs and that the SARS-CoV-2 virus primarily uses it to enter these cells and establish respiratory infections.The new study, published in the journal Cell, has found that the novel… #Scientists #identify #carbohydrate #coronavirus #infect #cells #finding #prevent #Covid19