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- n. Any member of the family Astroviridae of icosahedral viruses with a characteristic starlike surface structure.
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In earlier published research, authors showed that the introduction of the harmless membrane of the coat of human astrovirus, which causes pediatric diarrhea, shuts down the main pathway leading to activation of an often lethal complement cascade.
That presentation drew enthusiatic response from a number of renowned complementologists who sought samples of the astrovirus shard used by Krishna and who intend to launch additional research into the phenomenon.
The research published in January's Molecular Immunology, demonstrates that the introduction of the astrovirus shell also shuts down a second major trigger, dubbed the lectin pathway.
While adults generally are affected only by caliciviruses, children may be infected by three more main viruses including astrovirus, adenovirus and rotavirus, which is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in children under the age of five.
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