“Massacre in human cells”: Scientists have traced the mechanism of coronavirus damage to the microfibers of the heart

“Massacre in human cells”: Scientists have traced the mechanism of coronavirus damage to the microfibers of the heart

Researchers at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, USA, have traced the mechanism of damage to human heart microfibers by the “Wuhan” coronavirus. Scientists described what they saw as a “massacre in cells.”

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“Honestly, while we were preparing the preprint, I stayed up all night,” said co-author Todd McDevith, who, like his research colleagues, was deeply shocked by the discovery. Previously, they had not seen anything like this in other diseases. In the case of COVID-19, the sarcomere fragments looked like they had been cut into pieces by a surgeon. Such lesions were not at all similar to those observed in any other pathologies of the heart muscle, both hereditary and acquired. In addition, the researchers saw some black holes in place of DNA in the nuclei of cells affected by the coronavirus. All this was observed during the first two days after cell infection, with which the specialists worked in a Petri dish at high magnification.

As the American researchers found out, the action of SARS-CoV-2 infection is aimed at destruction by cutting into small fragments the long fibers of the heart muscle, allowing it to contract, and as a result, this function of the main organ of the circulatory system becomes impossible.

Based on the results of their scientific work, its authors made the following conclusion: COVID-19 should be treated with all seriousness, without classifying this disease as a common respiratory disease.

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