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New Antiviral Strategy Has Potential Role in HIV Prophylaxis

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Monday, November 11, 2013
LONDON – The mystery of how HIV manages to infect the very cells that should react to its presence by triggering an immune response has remained unsolved for decades. Now, a new study has shown how the virus “cloaks” itself with proteins from the host cells in order to avoid triggering the immune response. When researchers blocked that interaction between the virus and the host-cell proteins, the cells were able to turn on production of interferon, which successfully suppressed infection.

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