COVID-19’s Adaptability: How the Virus Infiltrates Cells Using Multiple “Doors”

New COVID-19 research from the University of Virginia Health System unveils surprising insights into the virus’s cell infection process. While the pandemic spotlighted the ACE2 protein’s role in cell invasion, the study shows COVID-19 can employ alternative means to infiltrate cells. This adaptability could explain coronaviruses’ ability to infect various species. Researcher Peter Kasson notes that other viruses could do the same just as COVID-19 employs multiple “doors” for cell entry. The findings highlight the importance of monitoring coronaviruses for potential species jumps and mutations. Published in Chemical Science, the study illuminates new dimensions in understanding and tackling viral infections.

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