Protein that may treat flu symptoms, cut death risk identifi
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As per the study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the Scientists at the University of Maryland have identified a protein called retrocyclin-101 (RC-101) which not only targets the flu virus itself but also the harmful inflammation the virus triggers in the host.

The scientists studied human immune cells and found that RC-101 had two positive effects. First, it blocked the flu virus from infecting the cells; second, it blocked the runway inflammation that is behind most symptoms of influenza infection, such as fever, pain, lethargy, and trouble breathing.

In the animal model, researchers infected two groups of mice with a typically lethal dose of influenza. One of these groups were given RC-101 two days after infection for a total of five days and gave the other group a placebo.The former group exhibited less severe symptoms of the flu and also decreased rates of death(only 20%)while among the control group, 90% of the mice died.

Although RC-101 does not exist in humans, it does exist in some other animals, including orangutans, and provides powerful antiviral protection.It appears to have been lost over the course of recent primate evolution just as in case of chimpanzees and gorillas...

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