How Zika infects the growing brain

19:00 EST 30 Nov 2016 | AAAS

(Harvard University) Studies have suggested that Zika enters neural progenitor cells by grabbing onto a specific protein called AXL on the cell surface. Now, scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Novartis have shown that this is not the only route of infection. The scientists demonstrated that Zika infected neural progenitor cells even when the cells did not produce the AXL surface protein that is widely thought to be the main vehicle of entry for the virus.

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