Monday, October 4, 2010

Targeting Amyloid to Stop HIV


Amyloid protein structures are best known for the troubles they pose in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Now researchers are trying to exploit their presence in a very different place- in semen- to find a new way to stop HIV.

The work by scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in collaboration with chemists at the University of California at San Diego, offers a new lead in the effort to develop a microbicide to prevent HIV transmission from one person to another. The findings were published online recently in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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