"The Covid-19 virus causes uneven convex branches to grow in infected cells - an extremely unusual structure that allows the virus to attack several cells at once. Long strands pierce holes in other cells, and the virus passes through the processes from cell to cell," said Professor Nevan Krogan, director of the Institute of Quantitative Biological Sciences at the University of California, who led the project.
According to him, the hypothesis of researchers is that this method of spreading the virus in the body accelerates infection. The doctrine speaks of the branching of the virus, which is similar to the growth of a cancerous tumor.
This discovery also allowed researchers to suggest that drugs that were previously developed to treat cancer can be used to treat coronavirus.
“It’s absolutely logical that the antitumor drugs and the antiviral effect partially overlap,” Krogan concluded.
Initial experiments were performed on kidney cells of African green monkeys infected with the virus. But potential drugs were then tested on human lung cells.
As we reported before, Ukraine is included in the list of countries with high rates of spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.