Higher levels of plasmin, an enzyme involved in blood clotting prevention, enhances the virulence and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 by cleaving its spike proteins. Enhanced levels of plasmin are common in a range of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. The findings shed light on why those with hypertension and diabetes are at increased risk of complications following coronavirus infection.
Eye movements distinguish between "go" and "no go" actions early in the decision-making process, before the hand even starts to move.
A new study reveals animals injected with caffeine during the last 10 minutes of exposure to general anesthetic woke more quickly than those injected with saline solution. Waking times became significantly quicker with higher doses of caffeine.
A cell membrane protein that regulates neuroplasticity regulates the function of a gene associated with schizophrenia, a new study reports.