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Vimentin could be a major co-factor that aids SARS-CoV-2 infection – News-Medical.Net

A recent study has found that extracellular vimentin can bind to SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in vitro, and antibodies against vimentin can decrease virus infectivity…

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A recent study has found that extracellular vimentin can bind to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike proteinin vitro, and antibodies against vimentin can decrease virus infectivity by up to 80%. This suggests vimentin could aid the virus’s binding to host cells and help in infection.
SARS-CoV-2 infects humans by binding to the human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). ACE2 is expressed in the lungs, kidneys, and the gastrointestinal tract. However, studies…

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