According to scientists in the United States and Belgium, the llama, also known as winter, can be useful in coronavirus infection.
According to a report by the foreign news agency Reuters, scientists have identified a small particle that could potentially block the path of the new corona virus.
Scientists from Belgium’s VIB-U Gent Center for Medical Biotechnology and the University of Texas at Austin published research in the journal Cell, in which Lama was the focus of their research.
The group began searching for antibodies to the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the MERS virus in 2012, four years ago.
“We started it in 2016 as a side project, we thought it would be interesting, then a new virus came and it became necessary and important,” said Belgian leader Javier Salons in the partnership.
The llama was given a safe form of the SARS and MERS virus and his blood samples were later taken.
Llamas and other animals belonging to the camel family are better at making standard antibodies and small antibodies that scientists can easily work with.
The Belgian part of the research team, also led by Bert Shippens, identified fragments of small antibodies known as nanobodies to determine which is more resistant to the virus. ۔
Xavier Sullivan called the new corona virus a cousin of the SARS virus and said that both had corona or crown forms with protein spikes on which an antibody could be applied.
The team intends to begin trials with humans by the end of the year, with the aim of starting tests on animals.
Talks are underway with pharmaceutical companies, he said.
This is not the first study of nanobodies derived from camels or llamas. Earlier, the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi had paid 3.9 billion euros in 2018 to buy Abelinks, a nano-body specialist