Tetrandrine: Compound from Japanese, Chinese Herbs Shows Promise for Blocking Ebola Virus

In a new study published in the journal Science , tetrandrine – an alkaloid found in Stephania tetrandra (commonly known as stephania root or ‘ han fang ji ’) and other Japanese and Chinese herbs – inhibited infection of human white blood cells in petri dish experiments and also showed therapeutic efficacy in lab mice.

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected cell (yellow). Image credit: NIAID / CC BY 2.0.
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus .
There are five identified Ebolavirus species, four of which are known to cause disease in humans: Ebola virus, Sudan virus, Taï Forest virus, and Bundibugyo virus. The fifth,… Read more