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A giant fullerene system inhibits the infection by an artificial ebola virus

N. Martín and B. Illescas
9 November 2015 17:00 CEST

The team has achieved an unprecedented goal: connecting twelve fullerenes, each one endowed with ten sugar moieties, to other central fullerene, thus mimicking the presentation of carbohydrates surrounding the ebola virus. / N. Martín & B. Illescas

Using an artificial ebola virus model, an european team coordinated by researchers of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid/IMDEA-Nanociencia has proved how a supermolecule – constituted by thirteen fullerenes – has been able of inhibiting the virus infection by blocking a receptor implied in its expansion. The model, tested in vitro, highlights the potential of this biotechnology to eradicate the infection.