University of Alberta Team Finds HIV Blocker
February 29, 2008
In laboratory experiments, a gene that is part of the body's natural immunity can block HIV from spreading late in the course of the disease. It is unclear, however, why the gene does not work this way in infected persons, according to researchers from the University of Alberta.
"This provides hope to HIV patients because it identifies a different part of the life cycle [of HIV] that drugs can be designed for, and perhaps a vaccine as well," said Barr.
The research, "The Interferon Response Inhibits HIV Particle Production by Induction of TRIM22," was published in Public Library of Science Pathogens (2008;4(2):e1000007. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000007)
02.29.2008; Jodie Sinnema
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.