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Research: New Drug Targets may Lead to Effective Ebola Treatments

by Kathy Jones on  November 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Peptides that mimic the Ebola virus' N-trimer, a highly conserved region of a protein that is used to gain entry inside cells, have been designed by researchers.
 Research: New Drug Targets may Lead to Effective Ebola Treatments
Research: New Drug Targets may Lead to Effective Ebola Treatments
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The team showed that the peptides can be used as targets to help researchers develop drugs that might block Ebola virus from entering into cells.

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"In contrast to the most promising current approaches for Ebola treatment or prevention, which are species-specific, our 'universal' target will enable the selection of broad-spectrum inhibitors that should block all known--and likely future--Ebola strains," said Dr. Michael Kay, senior author of the Protein Science study.

Source: Eurekalert
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