Stem Cells Can Kill HIV-Infected Cells

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Researchers at the AIDS Institute at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) have recently announced that they have found a type of stem cells that could fight against HIV. The cells can be activated so that they immediately start looking for and attacking all cells that have been infected with the HIV retrovirus.

The abilities displayed by these human blood stem cells could be used in the near future to create cures for a large number of chronic viral diseases, PhysOrg reports.

“We have demonstrated in this proof-of-principle study that this type of approach can be used to engineer the human immune system, particularly the T-cell response, to specifically target HIV-infected cells. These studies lay the foundation for further therapeutic development that involves restoring damaged or defective immune responses toward a variety of viruses that cause chronic disease, or even different types of tumors,” AIDS Institute member Scott G. Kitchen says.

UCLA Professor of Medicine and AIDS Institute Associate Director Jerome A. Zack says that the next step is to test this approach on more complex animal models, such as primates, before finally moving ahead with human trials.

“This approach could be used to combat a variety of chronic viral diseases. It’s like a genetic vaccine,” Zack adds. He is also a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the university. This strategy, analysts say, could be the first in a long row of ideas that may actually hold promise in defeating HIV/AIDS, as well as a number of other chronic viral infections.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. CondBankings Says:

    Absolutely incredible, and a reminder to all that the list of medical treatments continues to grow as research progresses. Bank it – be it publicly or privately.

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