Antibodies from llama blood can protect against future coronavirus and other coronaviruses – The Daily Beast

Aside from the vaccine, one of the biggest reasons we’ve seen a decrease in COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic is the development of effective treatments. Doctors and nurses are better equipped to help patients who come in with a serious case of the virus, shorten hospital stays and relieve stress on a strained medical system. And with time, better and more effective treatments are being discovered – sometimes in very surprising places.

That’s the case with some new research led by a team at Mount Sinai that discovered a powerful “super-immune” particle in llamas’ blood. Yes, you read that correctly: llama blood. The same creatures known to chew, Spitting on touristsAnd the Voiced by David Spade.

in Study published today in the magazine cell reports, Researchers have found evidence that tiny immune particles in llamas known as nanobodies could help develop an inhaled antiviral drug for COVID patients to serve as a fast-acting treatment for the pandemic. Furthermore, research indicates that it protects against All The COVID variant – which means we may have a future treatment that will remain effective as the virus evolves.

“We’ve learned that the small size of these nanoparticles gives them a critical advantage against a rapidly mutating virus,” said Ian Wilson, professor of structural biology at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California and co-author of the study, He said in a press release. “Specifically, it allows them to penetrate more of the recesses, nooks and crannies on the surface of the virus, thus attaching to multiple areas to prevent the virus from escaping and mutating.”

Special organisms in the biological family Camelidae Including camels, alpacas, and llamas are able to produce antibodies as small as a tenth of their normal body size. Despite their size, the antibodies are highly tolerant and can clump very well on pathogenic intruders such as the coronavirus. The researchers were able to penetrate the antibodies and bind them together, ensuring that they are more effective against viruses.

“Given their small size and broad neutralization activities, these aesthetic nanoparticles are likely to be effective against future variants and outbreaks of SARS-like viruses,” said Yi Shi, associate professor of pharmacological sciences at Mount Sinai and lead author of the study. in version.

Shi added that the antibodies are also able to protect “both the upper and lower respiratory tracts from infection,” suggesting they could be an effective drug when paired with a vaccine and existing antibody treatments.

This study builds on previous research on the enormous powers and superior immunity of llama blood that actually exists preceding the epidemic. However, with the urgency of the pandemic, it makes sense that researchers would want to visit our mystic mountaineering friend.

However, everyone should keep in mind that this is still in its somewhat early stages. More research needs to be done in order to improve and develop the actual treatment. And if all Horse worms fail We’ve learned anything, that we should avoid jumping to unexpected conclusions before conducting the research.

In other words, for the love of everything sacred, do not go out and start slaughtering llamas and drinking their blood. This will not help you. It will do the opposite of helping you. In fact, you may end up being cursed along the lines of “The Emperor’s New Groove” and becoming a llama.

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