How The Hiv Attaches To Host Cell

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hiv outside the host

Dr. Bob,We have all read that hiv does not survive well outside the body, but what exactly happens to it when it leaves the host? Does the cell wall collapse, or do the glycoproteins get degraded, or does the capsid "burst", or etc..? Have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,HIV is an extremely tiny piece of genetic material that gets integrated into the genetic material of hostcells (CD4 cells, for example). HIV does not survive without viable hostcells. Hence, when HIV and/or HIV-infected cells are Read more »

Reprograming HIV?

I guess we still don't know why HIV needs our immune cells to reproduce and not others less... Read more »

How Can I Be Cured of HCV, But Not HIV?

Are these two viruses that dissimilar? I had HCV, went through the whole interferon thing -48 wks... Read more »
The Body PRO

Host T-Cell Control of HIV

... Immune Control and Immune Failure in HIV Infection (Symposium 164) Presented by B. Walker View the original abstract In this session Bruce Walker updated his Read more »
University Hospital Heidelberg

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

...stopped completely. The underlying mechanism of this observation was a complete mystery up to now, however. HIV modifies the cell structure system of the hostcells Viruses alter the support structures of affected cells, enabling them to... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Dendritic Cells in Drag: Inauspicious Debut for HIV Specific CTLs; New Concerns about IL-12; Neutralizing Approaches for "Bad" Cytokines; Parke-Davis Targets Cellular Factors

...wereless encouraging than those from the earlier CMV trial. No significant changes in CD4 or viral parameters were reported, and the cells appeared to have diminished survival after reinfusion, relative to the survival of cells in the CMV trial.... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System HIV.) The T cell has a nucleus that contains genetic material in the form of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) ( Figure 2 ). The cell's DNA has all the information that the cell needs in order to function. The difference between RNA and DNA is... Read more »
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White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white blood cells or an increase. I realize that neither result would in any way indicate HIV directly, I just was curious how... Read more »

Green tea?

Posted by franfrog
...researchers reported that EGCG may help block an enzyme called reverse transcriptase that slips HIV's genetic material into the hostcell's DNA. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SOURCES: North... Read more »

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

Posted by MOCHA
...Langerhans cells from 13 human donors, may explain why. When HIV comes in contact with genital mucosa, its ultimate target -- the cells it seeks to hijack and destroy -- are immune system T-cells. But T-cells are relatively far away (in lymph... Read more »

HIV vaccine in the making

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Read this article below and someone explain a couple of things to me..i am a health care professional, and part of my job is HIV/AIDS education. during my trainin on HIV i was told and (i teach this as well to my students) that people can't get... Read more »
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