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Keeping the flu away: Synthetic protein EP67 helps kick-start the immune system

• bySan Diego State University
 A new study published today in the journal , finds that EP67, a powerful synthetic protein, is able to activate the within just two hours of being administered.

Prior to this study, EP67 had been primarily used as an for vaccines, something added to the vaccine to help activate the immune response. But Joy Phillips, Ph.D. a lead author of the study with her colleague Sam Sanderson, Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, saw potential for it to work on its own.

"The is very sneaky and actively keeps the immune system from detecting it for a few days until you are getting symptoms," Phillips said. "Our research showed that by introducing EP67 into the body within 24 hours of exposure to the flu virus caused the immune system to react almost immediately to the threat, well before your body normally would."

Because EP67 doesn't work on the virus but on the immune system itself, it functions the same no matter the , unlike the which has to exactly match the currently circulating strain.

Phillips said while this study focuses on the flu, EP67 has the potential to work on other and and could have huge potential for emergency therapeutics.

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