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SARS-CoV-2 entry factors are highly expressed in nasal epithelial cells together with innate immune genes.
Nat. Med. 26, 681–687 (2020)
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We investigated SARS-CoV-2 potential tropism by surveying expression of viral entry-associated genes in single-cell RNA-sequencing data from multiple tissues from healthy human donors. We co-detected these transcripts in specific respiratory, corneal and intestinal epithelial cells, potentially explaining the high efficiency of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. These genes are co-expressed in nasal epithelial cells with genes involved in innate immunity, highlighting the cells’ potential role in initial viral infection, spread and clearance. The study offers a useful resource for further lines of inquiry with valuable clinical samples from COVID-19 patients and we provide our data in a comprehensive, open and user-friendly fashion at www.covid19cellatlas.org.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1078-8956
Journal Nature medicine
Quellenangaben Volume: 26, Pages: 681–687
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Publishing Place New York, NY
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute of Lung Biology (ILBD)