Team Identifies Toxic Ebola Protein Fragment

January 21, 2015

(Medical Xpress) – William Gallaher, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has discovered a fragment of an Ebola virus protein that is toxic to cells and may contribute to infection and illness. The findings were published online January 20, 2015, in the open access journal, Viruses. The fragment was found within a grouping of amino acids that is made in parallel with the protein involved in attachment of the virus to cells.