According to the research results, US scientists announced the discovery of the properties of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to “drown” pain. The research data was published in the journal Pain.
According to scientists, the effect of “anesthesia” is manifested due to the combination of the S-protein, which ensures the entry of the virus into human cells, with the ACE2 receptor and other substances. In the course of the study, it turned out that there is a violation of the transmission of pain signals. Violation occurs due to neuropilin-1 and protein VEGF-A, which is a growth factor for vascular endothelium.
Scientists have suggested that this is associated with the asymptomatic course of COVID-19, when infected people do not experience a worsening of their condition. It is noted that the researchers plan to further study neuropilin-1, which may be useful for anesthesiologists.