STANFORD, California (WTHR) – Researchers at two California universities say they may be on the verge of finding the elusive cure for colds. The secret, it is said, lies in the human, not in the virus itself.
According to Stanford Medicine, which works in collaboration with the University of California-San Francisco, the replication of viruses may be by deactivating a single, apparently uncritical protein to be stopped in humans. The researchers say it works with viruses responsible for half of all colds and viruses associated with asthma, encephalitis and polio.
According to Stanford Medicine, there are about 160 known types of rhinovirus infections, which accounts for about half of all colds. That's why you can get two or more colds, one after the other. They can also mutate frequently, which makes them very drug resistant.
Researchers say they have prevented a wide range of enteroviruses, including rhinoviruses, from replicating in human cells by turning off a protein in mammalian cells that seems to require all the enteroviruses to replicate.
The results were made in both human cell cultures and mice, said Stanford Medicine.
"Our grandmothers have always asked us, 'If you're so smart, why did not you come up with that? a cure for the common cold? Jan Carette, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, said in a press release, "Now we have a new way to do that."
The common cold is not cheap, a 2003 University of Michigan study found that colds cost the US economy $ 40 billion a year as health costs and productivity fall.
The Stanford UCSF study was published in the journal Nature Microbiology.