Scientists Find Antibody That Blocks Dengue Virus (Science Daily)
There are a ton of major diseases that we simply fail to understand or cannot stop. That is why science headlines like this make us very happy, as we now know the antibody that can block the infamous Dengue Virus. A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkley and the University of Michigan made this discovery together. Of course, the Dengue Virus is a mosquito-borne pathogen. It infects roughly 50 to 100 million people every single year.
The virus causes what we all know as “dengue fever.” The symptoms of this can be horrible. Not only do you get a fever but you’ll also upchuck and have muscle aches. Yet this is the least of your worries. This can become much worse, resulting in an untimely demise. The virus uses a specific protein called the Non-Structural Protein 1 or NS1. It’ll latch onto protective cells around organs, weakening protective barriers. The research team’s antibody, which they call 2B7, physically blocks the NS1 protein. That prevents cell latching and slows the spread of the virus! 2B7 works against 4 strains of the virus too!