European scientists, led by doctors from the University of Copenhagen and the Max Planck Institute in Germany, have performed tests on human cells. Experts tested artemisinin, as well as its derivatives – artesunate and artemether – as well as Artemusua annua extract (game).
researcherThey used a German strain of SATS-CoV-2 virus and a Danish version of it. It was stated that one of the cell lines represented a certain type of lung cell, the most vulnerable to COVID-19 – lung cancer cells A549-hACE2.
Four compounds manage to suppress coronavirus infections
According to the test results, all four compounds have been shown to suppress coronavirus infections in cell lines, including the lungs. The scientists noted that artesunate was the most effective, followed by artemether, the third by Artemisia annua extract and the fourth by artemisinin.
Experts pointed out that these compounds contained in wormwood have a very small therapeutic window, ie they can only help immediately after the infection enters the body.
It is noted that this is the first study that unequivocally demonstrates the possibility of creating a drug for the treatment of coronavirus infection based on artemisinin derivatives, writes dcbusiness.ro.
Researchers around the world are testing Artemisia which is a solution in the fight against Covid
Researchers around the world are participating in a test that will determine if Artemisia can be a solution in the fight against Covid-19. The World Health Organization warns that so far there are no scientific studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of the plant in combating coronavirus.
German scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, along with researchers from Germany and Denmark are working with Americans on ArtemiLife to determine if Artemisia can be used to treat Covid-19.
“This is the first study to investigate the properties of this plant in relation to the new virus,” said study leader Peter Seeberger.
An Artemisia-based drug has long been used to treat malaria.