Sunday, March 2, 2008

TRIM22 implicated in blocking HIV infection!

Researchers led by Dr. Steven Barr at the University of Alberta have found that the human gene TRIM22, implicated in the natural interferon response signaling cascade, may have particular efficacy in blocking the progression of HIV infection in vitro.

The work, done in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, shows that when TRIM22 is activated in cells infected with HIV the virus can't assemble properly and leave the cell. Apparently interferon signaling is dysregulated in patients infected with HIV.... by activating TRIM22, the viral infection progression could potentially be halted.

Did the Canadians discover a "cure" for HIV/AIDS?

This could be exciting?!

Check out the news-story here.


Lauren

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