Discovery of High Levels of An Enzyme In Deadly COVID-19 Cases Could Lead To A Plan To Save Lives

Researchers including Dr. Chilton working in a lab
Recent University of Arizona research suggests there's a link between an enzyme in our bodies similar to rattlesnake venom and deadly cases of COVID-19, and there’s a chance this information may save lives. Stony Brook University, Wake Forest School of Medicine and UA researchers pooled together to analyze blood samples from people who died of the disease. UA professor Dr. Ski Chilton, the senior author on the research paper, said he was surprised to discover the samples had high amounts of an enzyme called secreted phospholipase A2 group IIA or sPLA2-IIA — an enzyme known for its role in disease resistance.