Fighting Flu: Researchers link host glucose metabolism with severity of influenza infection

Vast amounts of time and research dollars go into studying how the quickly mutating influenza virus works, anticipating which strains will be most active each year, and changing the flu vaccine accordingly. Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, recently approached the problem from a different perspective by looking at the host’s response to the virus. Amy Adamson and Hinissan Kohio showed that flu infection is linked to glucose metabolism in mammalian cells. They presented their work today (December 15) in a poster session at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in a paper published in September in Virology.

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