Transferrin identified as potential contributor to COVID-19 severity

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main 03 Ago 2020
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SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It is currently not known why some individuals develop only mild or no symptoms when infected, whilst others experience severe, life-threatening forms of the disease. However, it is known that the risk of COVID-19 becoming severe increases with age and is higher in males than in females. Many severe COVID-19 cases are characterised by increased blood clotting and thrombosis formation.

The team combined existing data on gene expression in humans with cell culture research of SARS-CoV-2-infected cells to search for molecules involved in blood coagulation that differ between females and males, change with age, and are regulated in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Out of more than 200 candidate factors, researchers identified a glycoprotein called transferrin to be a procoagulant (a cause of blood clotting) that increases with age, is higher in males than in females, and is higher in SARS-CoV-2-infected cells. Hence, transferrin may have potential as a biomarker for the early identification of COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease.

 

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https://scienzaonline.com/scienceonline-news/item/2661-immunoprotein-impairs-sars-cov-2.html

https://scienzaonline.com/scienceonline-news/item/2676-lactoferrin-as-potential-preventative-and-treatment-for-covid-19.html

https://scienzaonline.com/scienceonline-news/item/2661-immunoprotein-impairs-sars-cov-2.html

https://scienzaonline.com/medicina/item/2657-nox2-identificato-il-bersaglio-del-covid-19.html

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