Scientists have proved a property of the fungus to kill all known viruses

Учёные доказали свойство чаги убивать все известные вирусы

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Specialists from the Novosibirsk state research center of Virology and biotechnology “Vector” have studied the antiviral effect of about five hundred specimens obtained from pure cultures of Siberian higher fungi. As a result, they have identified the most promising strains active against HIV-1, herpes viruses, different subtypes of influenza, smallpox, and is widely known in folk medicine birch fungus (chaga) completely inhibited all studied viruses.

High antiviral activity also showed some other types of tinder, and Veselka ordinary, oyster mushrooms and oyster lung, — said the publication of the SB RAS “Science first hand”.

According to scientists, the mushrooms not only enhance the immune system and their bioactive substances can affect the virus directly, competing with viral particles for cell surface receptors through which they adhere and penetrate the host cell.

Wrote researchers from the Singapore medical school Duke-NUS suggested to use a method of immunotherapy to treat infectious diseases, not just cancer. The proposed treatment based on the use of so-called virus-targeting receptors that are embedded in T-lymphocytes of the patient and recognize cancerous or infected cells. The method showed effectiveness in the treatment of cancer patients, and Singapore scientists have pointed to its potential in the fight against HIV and coronavirus. The study authors noted that the use of immunotherapy against viruses is not fully understood, but pointed to the successful test of the therapy against hepatitis B.

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