A new study by researchers from the University Of California, San Francisco indicate that the prostate glands has a high expression of ACE-2 receptors and also TMPRSS2 receptors which are the key targets of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus and that the gland has a high susceptibility of being targeted by the novel coronavirus and could also be another factor that accounts for the higher proportion of male victims in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pre-print study which is being reviewed for publication into a leading medical journal is available at Biorvix. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.24.056259v1.full.pdf+html
The study lead by Dr Franklin W. Huang found that there was a high expression of both ACE-1 receptors and also TMPRSS2 receptors on the epithelial cells of the prostate gland leading to the fact that besides the respiratory tract, lungs, intestinal tract and kidneys, the prostate glands were also potential targets and past autopsies of dead male victims had overlooked studying the glands to discover the method of attack and destruction by the novel coronavirus.
Already there were studies that indicate that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus also could attack the testes and urinary tract of male patients besides their kidneys and that doctors need to pay attention to male patients who had ‘recovered ‘ from the COVID-19 disease as they could develop fertility issues as a result of the damage caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to the testes and ducts.