Researchers Find Protein that Turns Off Antiviral Response to Herpesviruses

Cort

Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
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"We can manipulate the protein and/or the sensor to boost or tune down the immune response in order to fight infectious and autoimmune diseases, as well as cancers"

The news just keeps coming. After examining 90 proteins researchers found one that turns off the search for DNA viruses like herpesviruses. Something like that could conceivably be allowing latent herpesviruses to flourish.

Herpesviruses appear to be able to upregulate production of this protein in order to turn the immune system off when they are present.

THey believe they make be able to manipulate this protein to assist people with infections and cancer (block the protein) and autoimmune disorders (cancer). They discovered the protein during a study using herpesviruses.
Fanxiu Zhu, the FSU Margaret and Mary Pfeiffer Endowed Professor for Cancer Research, and his team uncovered a viral protein in the cell that inhibits the major DNA sensor and thus the body's response to viral infection, suggesting that this cellular pathway could be manipulated to help a person fight infection, cancer or autoimmune diseases.

They named the protein KicGas.
 

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