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Viruses Aren’t All Nasty – Some Can Actually Protect Our Health

Viruses are mostly known for their aggressive and infectious nature. It’s true, most viruses have a pathogenic relationship with their hosts – meaning they cause diseases ranging from a mild cold to serious conditions like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). They work by invading the host cell, taking over its cellular machinery and releasing new […]

Gut Microbes Protect Against Neurologic Damage From Viral Infections

Trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses live inside us, forming what is known as our microbiota. Far from causing problems, these microbes benefit our health in many ways. Most of our microbiota lives in our gut, yet there is increasing evidence that it can influence how our central nervous system works. Gut microbes produce compounds […]

Viral Protein Corona Linked To Alzheimer’s Amyloid Aggregation

Viruses interact with proteins in the biological fluids of their host which results in a layer of proteins on the viral surface, new research from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet shows. This coat of proteins makes the virus more infectious and facilitates the formation of plaques characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. “Imagine […]

Abnormal Epstein-Barr Virus Response May Contribute To Schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus according to new research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), is a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono. Researchers proposed two explanations for the association of heightened immune responses in patients with schizophrenia and […]

DnaK: A Bacterial Protein Involved In Anticancer Drug-resistance

DnaK, a protein of the bacterium mycoplasma, interferes with the mycoplasma-infected cell’s ability to respond to and repair DNA damage, a known origin of cancer, the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) repoprts. Little or no mycoplasma DnaK DNA sequences were found associated with the tumor, which […]