Antiviral compound made inside human body could form basis for new drugs

Antiviral compound made inside human body could form basis for new drugs

A team of researchers from Penn State and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans that is known to have antiviral effects on a wide variety of viruses, including West Nile, hepatitis C, rabies, and HIV. Understanding this naturally occurring compound could allow the development of a new broad-spectrum therapy for a range of viruses.