The National Deuteration Facility at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, (ANSTO) has provided high-quality deuterated lipids to a large international collaboration that investigates how the covid19 virus interacts with the lipids in the human cell membranes.
This is an important piece of information to better understand how the virus invades human cells. The study published in Scientific Reports (DOI) showed that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein interacts with lipids and cholesterol in the cell membranes, which allows the viral RNA to enter our cells. The insight from this study opens new avenues to develop drugs stopping the virus from infecting human cells.
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