A long-awaited cure for the common cold may now be in sight, however, after scientists successfully stripped the virus of its armour.
Despite being so widespread, the common cold has consistently eluded effective medical treatment, both because of the vast number of viruses that cause it-more than 150 strains of rhinovirus infect humans-and because these pathogens are particularly fast-evolving.
The Imperial College team came up with the idea for IMP-1088 when they were looking for a way to target NMT in malaria parasites.
The new treatment developed at London's Imperial College blocks the protein, cutting off the infection at an early stage.
It's a fundamentally a different approach to targeting the virus, which comes in hundreds of different versions. It could potentially work against the entire family of viruses responsible for the common cold, as well as related viruses, including polio and foot-and-mouth disease, the scientists suggested.
The team of researchers now hope to conduct animal and human trials soon to known the efficiency of the IMP-1088.
He adds that the treatment could be an especially good option for people with health conditions such as asthma because a simple cold could lead easily to illnesses for them.
"The way the drug works means that we would need to be sure it was being used against the cold virus, and not similar conditions with different causes, to minimize the chance of toxic side effects", Tate said.
Colds spread easily from one person to another.
The scourge of workplace, home and school playground, the common cold is predominantly caused by the rhinovirus. However, currently, there is nothing that can halt the infection.
According to MedlinePlus, a fever of 100°F or higher, cough, fatigue, a runny nose, and a sore throat are symptoms that you already have the virus. We essentially throw up our hands and let the virus do what it will, counting on our immune systems to take its time to knock it out while we down NyQuil and gargle saltwater to feel better. However, a mild cough can persist for few weeks.