United Kingdom scientists may have cured the common cold

No one is immune to the common cold but scientists believe they may be close to finding a cure

Still, this is exciting research that could lead to a fast antiviral treatment that stops the common cold in its tracks, regardless of the strain. The researchers believe that it could work against other related viruses, including those responsible for polio and foot-and-mouth disease.

"Here we report the discovery of IMP-1088, a picomolardual inhibitor of the human N-myristoyltransferases NMT1 and NMT2, and use it to demonstrate that pharmacological inhibition of host-cell N-myristoylation rapidly and completely prevents rhinoviral replication without inducing cytotoxicity", the research says.

Previous attempts to create drugs that target human cells rather than the virus have proven to be failures, while also showing themselves to be toxic.

The common cold is caused by a family of viruses with hundreds of variants, making it almost impossible to become immune to or vaccinate against all of them.

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United Kingdom scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold.

Like all viruses, the common cold virus enters the human body and then hijacks particular cells to duplicate itself. Screening large libraries of compounds, they found two hits and were surprised to discover that they worked best together. The signals govern the assembly of the virus.

A team of researchers at Imperial College London has developed a novel molecule that can block the development of multiple strains of the common cold.

Laboratory tests showed how an experimental drug stopped the rhinovirus - the predominant cause of the common cold - hijacking a human protein to build the protective shell, or "capsid". They are also developing a way to deliver the drug via the lungs.

"The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asthma and COPD", Professor Ed Tate said.

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