Indian scientists develop new mechanism to inactivate SARS-CoV-2
Researchers report designing a new class of synthesized peptides that can not only block the entry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into cells, but also entangle viruses (virus particles) in a way that which may reduce their ability to infect.
This new effort provides an alternative mechanism to inactivate viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and uncovers a new potential class of peptides as antivirals.
The rapid emergence of new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has diminished the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines, citing the need for new measures to prevent infection by the virus.
It is known that protein-protein interactions are often lock-and-key and that this interaction can be disrupted by synthetic peptides that competes competes with each other and prevent the key from being obstructed or vice versa.