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Cells Affected by COVID-19 Develop “Sinister Tentacles”

June 29, 2020

The fibrous and protruding branches allow the virus to attack several cells at the same time. Cancer drugs can help treat the coronavirus.

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Cells Affected by COVID-19 Develop “Sinister Tentacles”Cells Affected by COVID-19 Develop “Sinister Tentacles”


A study by an international group of scientists found that various anti-cancer and HIV drugs such as silmitasertib, xospata (also known as gilteritinib), abemaciclib, ralimetinib, and dasatinib may be more effective Corona virus SASRSCov2 as topical antiviral drugs like remdesivirwhich has been shown to be effective against the disease.

The previous statement is based on observations published in the scientific journal Cell, An extremely powerful electron microscope that captures the “tentacles” that the virus develops on infected cells.

“There are long chains that drill holes in other cells, and the virus travels from one cell to another through the tube,” he said in statements Financial Times Nevan Krogan, director of the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at the University of California in San Francisco, led the project. “Our hypothesis is that this speeds up the infection,” adds the professor, who describes these branches, which are not characteristic of most viruses, as “unpleasant and scary”.

Most viruses do not cause infected cells to develop these tentacles. Even those who do this, such as smallpox, don’t affect them as much or have the same type of branching as SARS-CoV-2.