Hantaviruses are highly dependent on cell membrane cholesterol to infect humans

Hantaviruses use cholesterol in cell walls to gain access into cells and infect humans, according to laboratory research. Multiple genes involved in cholesterol sensing, regulation and production, including key components to a chemical pathway called SREBP (sterol response element binding protein), are critical to hantaviruses gaining entry, the researchers found. (Mehr in: Cancer News — ScienceDaily)