When you get the flu, viruses hijack your cells and convert them to virus-producing factories, ultimately causing cell death and infection within the body. After a virus is manufactured, it must escape the cell by binding to the plasma membrane and cutting it open. Influenza viruses accomplish this with the enzyme neuraminidase (crystallized neuraminidase shown here). Many common antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, work to inhibit the activity of neuraminidase, preventing viruses from escaping and spreading.
Image by Julie Macklin and Dr. Graeme Laver.
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When you get the flu, viruses hijack your cells and convert them to virus-producing factories, ultimately causing cell death and infection within the body. After a virus is manufactured, it must escape the cell by binding to the plasma membrane and cutting it open. Influenza viruses accomplish this with the enzyme neuraminidase (crystallized neuraminidase shown here). Many common antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, work to inhibit the activity of neuraminidase, preventing viruses from escaping and spreading.

Image by Julie Macklin and Dr. Graeme Laver.

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