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Tokyo University Researcher Identifies Proteins Necessary For Flu Virus Replication

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A Tokyo University research team identified three proteins that are necessary for flu virus replication. By analyzing the genome of drosophila, as it has more similarities with human DNA, the team identified three implicated drosophila genes. The corresponding human homologues are shown to have key functions in the replication of H5N1 and H1N1 influenza A viruses. According to the team, the discovery of the host proteins that are required for influenza virus replication could accelerate the development of new classes of antiviral drugs for chemoprophylaxis and treatment. The results were published July 10 in the British journal Nature. (Click here for more - Japanese language

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