The sofosbuvir drug, used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, was also effective in fighting chikungunya viruses and yellow fever, according to a study by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), whose results were released on Thursday in Brazil. .
The study is part of a doctoral project by various students of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Sao Paulo (ICB-USP), under the guidance of Professor Lucio Freitas-Junior, said the Fapesp State Foundation for Research Support ), entity that financed the project.
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"Human cells infected with chikungunya were treated with sophosbivir and the drug eliminated the virus without destroying the cells. The drug was 11 times more effective against the virus than against the cells, said Rafaela Milan Bonotto, one of the authors of the project.
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