Poison Could Kill HIV Cells
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – An engineered toxin has been shown to actually kill HIV cells that remained after antiretroviral treatment.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina and the National Institute of Health studied 40 HIV-infected mice engineered to have human immune systems. They found the toxin, called an immunotoxin, worked with antiretrovirals to significantly reduce the number of HIV cells and the amount of the virus in the bloodstream. Antiretroviral treatments only curb the duplication of HIV cells, instead of eliminating them, and the hope is the immunotoxin could lead to a complementary treatment in the future.
For more information, go to: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2014/Pages/HIVimmunotoxin.aspx
SOURCE: PLOS Pathogens, January 2014
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