Scientists at Bezmalem Waqif University in Turkey have suggested that the new coronavirus increases the risk of developing brain tumors and promotes the proliferation of cancer cells. This hypothesis requires additional research.
Turkish scientists stated that the S-protein of the SARS-Cov-2 molecule binds to the cells of the tissue surrounding the neurons, ensuring the transmission of nerve impulses. At the same time, the impact of COVID-19 on the formation of malignant tumors is poorly understood. S-protein helps the new coronavirus to bind to the cell receptor and the ACE2 enzyme found in most body tissues. The brain is no exception in this regard. COVID-19 is thought to favor the development of glioma. This is done at the expense of the S-protein. Scientists have proved this possibility using computer modeling.
The Institute of Medicine of Sechenov University said that people still have to learn a lot about the consequences of the new coronavirus. Ksenia Blokhin, head of the Blokhin Oncology Laboratory of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, spoke about the changes in body cells under the influence of COVID-19. Potentially, this situation is a trigger for the development of cancer. However, nothing can be said for sure until additional research is carried out.
And about. Andrei Vasin, head of the Institute of Biomedical Systems in St. Petersburg, considers the hypothesis of Turkish scientists unfounded. According to the expert, one cannot rely solely on the results of computer modeling in such a case. The results of practical studies on the increased risk of developing cancer due to the new coronavirus were not provided. Therefore, the question remains open and requires proof.