Natural compound to block HIV23rd April 2007
Researchers in Germany have discovered a compound occurring naturally in the blood which could form the basis for a new kind of drug to fight HIV/AIDS.
The chemical blocks the HIV virus from entering human immune cells and is effective against drug-resistant strains of HIV.
One of the researchers, Frank Kirchhoff of the University of Ulm said a number of studies had already identified these types of compound, which were able to inhibit and control the HIV-1 virus in the bloodstream.
The newly discovered compound is known as Virus-Inhibitory Peptide, or VIRIP, and it stops the HIV virus from anchoring itself in immune cells.
Researchers hope it could pave the way for a new class of drugs, as no existing drug is able to affect HIV at this stage in its development in the body.
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Title: Natural compound to block HIV
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2604
Date Added: 23rd Apr 2007