ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix-based TGen studies genes to determine COVID immunity, reaction

Dec 17, 2020, 4:45 AM
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — The Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix has been studying microRNA to determine a person’s potential immunity to COVID-19.

The results, recently published in the journal mSphere, describe a molecule made from DNA — miR1307.

“We have found a switch that determines when certain genes in the virus are turned on or turned off, or to what degree they’re turned on or turned off,” said Nicholas Schork, Deputy Director of Quantitative Sciences at TGen.

Schork says our molecules could be dormant until they meet any disease, like the coronavirus.

“If we had not seen this microRNA involved in other viruses, we would have been more skeptical about its role the COVID outbreak,” Schork said.

Now, he is researching if reproducing these molecules will boost a person’s immune system.

“Some of these regulatory elements could stay dormant until there’s some kind of environmental insult or stimulus,” Schork explained. “In this case, the stimulus would be the virus.”

In past studies, miR1307 has been found to affect the severity of several types of cancer, lung disease and the flu, specifically the H1N1 influenza virus that caused a 2009 pandemic.

It was first discovered as a key regulatory agent in the Epstein-Barr virus, best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis, TGen added in a news release.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Commerce Authority Photo)...
KTAR.com

Aviation facility in Goodyear welcomes first class of aspiring pilots Monday

A new aviation training facility in the West Valley will welcome its first class of aspiring pilots Monday, the Arizona Commerce Authority announced.
7 hours ago
FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, officers taking part in training load gun clips with ammu...
KTAR.com

Phoenix man sentenced to over 3 years in prison for ammunition smuggle attempt

A Valley man was sentenced to over three years in prison on Wednesday for attempting to smuggle ammunition from the United States into Mexico last year, authorities said.
7 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Southbound SR 87 lanes reopened after crash east of Shea Boulevard

The southbound lanes have reopened on State Route 87 near the Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds following a crash.
1 day ago
(Facebook photo/ Buckeye Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest suspect after deadly shooting in Buckeye

Police arrested a suspect without incident after a fatal shooting near Yuma and Dean Roads in Buckeye Friday evening.
1 day ago
(Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team Photo)...
KTAR.com

Officers seize over 100 pounds of cocaine at Arizona-California border

Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement and Compliance Division officers seized over 100 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday at a port of entry near the California state line, authorities said. 
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale man accused of stealing millions in music royalties

A Scottsdale man is one of two people accused of stealing millions of dollars in music royalties over the past five years, authorities said Wednesday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
Phoenix-based TGen studies genes to determine COVID immunity, reaction