A group of researchers lead by AU chemistry professor Stewart Schneller have developed a tiny molecule the believe could reverse the effects of Ebola. The deadly virus, which has recently reached epidemic proportions in part of West Africa, and ignited fears of an American outbreak, essentially turns off the body’s immune system. Schneller says the molecule, known only WY3161 could essentially serve as an “on-switch”. Studies on cells from green monkeys seem to back him up.
“In the future, what we learn from how viruses turn off the immune system is going to open up these other 10 or 12 categories of viruses,” said Stewart Schneller, the Auburn chemistry professor leading the study. “There may be leads there.”
The Auburn team is working in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and plans to publish details of its findings later this month in the journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.
Because WY3161 is in a relatively early phase of testing and development, Schneller said it will not be ready for use on current Ebola patients. However, the compound is among a series of potential treatments for future outbreaks.
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