Brazilian researchers have discovered that venom of Brazilian vipers, called Jararacussu Pit, can play a strong role in eradicating coronavirus
The Jararacussu Pit is one of the largest snakes in Brazil, measuring up to 6 feet (2 meters) long. It lives in the coastal Atlantic Forest and is also found in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina.
These researchers found that a molecule in the venom of the snake has inhibited coronavirus reproduction in monkey cells and can multiply by 75%.
The study published in the scientific journal Molecules, said that the molecule is a peptide, or chain of amino acids, that can connect to an enzyme of the coronavirus called PLPro, which is vital to reproduction of the virus, without hurting other cells.
The peptide already known for its antibacterial qualities can be synthesized in the laboratory. Hence there will be no need for either breeding or hunting of the Brazilian vipers
Hoping to test the substance in human cells, scientists will next evaluate the efficiency of different doses of the molecule.
If human trials are successful, it will be a very huge step in finally putting an end to the coronavirus pandemic.