Drugs That can inhibit Zika Virus Identified

The scientists  led by Dr.Wei Zheng (NCATS) and others from Johns Hopkins University and Florida State University tested 6000 compounds using drug-screening  robots.They were trying to find the compounds which are effective against Zika virus.Some of these compounds provided a positive results.Among the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors, 9 of them proved to be promising while seliciclib was the best.CDKs are important in regulating the cellular processes and normal brain development.

The emricasan and PHA-690509 prevented both virus replication and cell death.These two were the best agents which can provide treatment for Zika virus.

The researchers are now studying the virus using the mouse model before being proved to be used.

Author: healthfeels

Medical Researcher and Author based in Nairobi.Writing about health matters.

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