Researchers Uncover HIV Secrets
Exciting new research from the University of Maryland of Medicine at Baltimore has uncovered HIV's method of invading healthy cells. This opens the way for developing strategies to treat the disease.
"The paper reveals another level of complexity associated with HIV fusion [and] entry" into the cell, says Thomas Hope of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, who was not involved in the work. "It potentially answers important questions about the early steps of HIV infection."
"This work definitely represents a paradigm shift of how HIV entry is viewed," said Yorgo Modis of Yale University, who was not involved with the work. "There are important implications for treatment of HIV using inhibitors of viral entry such as Fuzeon."
Fuzeon is a drug that interferes with a virus attaching itself to the healthy cell's outer membrane.