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Human immune system proteins shown to suppress HIV

December 18, 2012

To survive HIV you need a cocktail of expensive drugs that often have side effects. That could change with research out of The Rockefeller University where scientists have found that harnessing proteins from the human immune system can suppress the virus in mice.

Potentially, this could lead to a therapeutic approach to treating HIV that does not require a daily application of drugs.

Florian Klein and his colleagues in Michel Nussenzweig's Laboratory of Molecular Immunology found that a combination of five different antibodies – proteins the human immune system uses to fight infection – could suppress HIV-1 replication and keep the virus at bay for a 60 day period after termination of therapy.

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