Lowering Cholesterol Could Combat Infections

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh discovered a direct link between the workings of the immune system and cholesterol levels. When the body succumbs to a viral infection, immune cells release the protein interferon, which sends signals to infected cells and causes cholesterol levels to be lowered. Cholesterol is needed for viruses and certain bacteria to grow; therefore, limiting the body’s production of cholesterol would decrease the opportunity for viruses to thrive.

The researchers suggest the findings could lead to new ways of treating viral infections, targeting the cholesterol metabolism.

The research is published in the journal PLoS Biology.

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A Classic Dish with Hand-made Pasta

Noodles with Pesto Sauce

Source: McCall’s Cooking School

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