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Macrophages are immune cells that are supposed to protect the body from infection by viruses and bacteria. Yet Zika virus preferentially infects these cells.
Rs 73.25 lakh is sanctioned for establishment of Virology Research and Diagnostic Lab at Gandhi Medical College.
India’s Zika is genetically distinct from two other pathogenic global strains, African and Asian, as it is unable to efficiently infect mosquitoes.
The findings suggested that the repurposed drug effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse foetuses.
This damage may disrupt oxygen transport to the foetus, which can restrict its growth and lead to stillbirth, among other conditions.
These antiviral proteins, known as type I interferons, are required to fight Zika infection in mothers.
Researchers have found that the Zika virus is transmitted from mother to a foetus by infected cells that will later go on to develop into the brain's first and primary form of defence.