Researchers Linlin Zhang and Rolf Hilgenfeld of the University of Lübeck have made a real breakthrough by deciphering the structure of the enzyme that is crucial for the replication of the new coronavirus.
Scientists have also discovered an inhibitor that acts against the newly decoded major protease of SARS-CoV-2 virus, German Mercury writes. multiply it.
A closer study of the enzyme structure could now help to fight the virus. An inhibitor developed against related coronaviruses has already been effectively tested in mice.
The main protease is the deciding factor in the fight against the virus because it cannot multiply without it. With the discovery of two researchers at Lübeck, Zhang and Hilgenfeld, a new approach is now opening up to develop agents against the new coronavirus.