Coronavirus is a serious vascular disease that can have numerous health consequences. Now researchers have found that infection can increase the risk of cancer. Is this true?
The novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 has numerous consequences. Not only can it cause death, but it can also have a long-term impact on health. A new study now describes a new risk. According to the study, corona infection could promote cancer.
New study: Do corona viruses promote cancer?
The results were all the more astonishing for the researchers. According to them, all circular RNAs in the coronavirus forms would upregulate certain genes in an early phase that are involved in cleaving and processing mRNA. In the later phase, genes involved in numerous processes, such as metabolism, autophagy, viral infections and the development of cancer in the body, were then shown to be regulated. In particular, MERS coronaviruses encoded viral circRNA better than SARS-CoV-1 and Sars-CoV-2. By analyzing these data, the researchers concluded that coronaviruses have a high mortality rate and are life-threatening to humans.
Coronavirus news update: What are circular RNAs?
In the study, which appeared in the Oxford Academic Peer-Reviewed Journal, scientists look at circular RNAs (circRNAs) and what role they play in the context of the already well-known coronaviruses MERS and Sars-CoV-1/2. Circular RNAs(circRNAs) were first discovered in viruses in humans in 2012. These are RNA that forms a ring unlike the RNA strand. How they act in coronavirus infections has not yet been sufficiently researched. According to the scientists, more research needs to be done.
These viruses increase the risk of lung cancer
That circRNAs can increase cancer risk has been shown in previous studies. Scientists have identified and characterized circRNAs from cancer-associated viruses, namely Epstein-Barr virus and Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus. According to researchers, the circular RNAs in viruses are also ideal biomarkers for lung cancer because they decrease certain cell lineages in lung tissue that may indicate cancer.