UMaine-led team discovers protein, lipid connection that could aid new influenza therapies

March 5, 2019

"Our findings show for the first time a connection between the influenza virus surface protein HA (the H in H1N1) and the host cell lipid PIP2," says UMaine professor of physics Samuel Hess, the team's lead scientist.

(Reprint from EurekAlert! 3/5/2019) – The connection between an influenza virus surface protein and a host cell lipid has been discovered by researchers at the University of Maine and the National Institutes of Health. Confirmation of direct interaction between the protein and lipid could lead to new antiviral therapies. Read more here.