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Scientists Discover ‘Natural Barrier’ to HIV

Natural Barrier’ to HIV
March 5, 2007

By E.J. Mundell

Researchers have discovered that cells in the mucosal lining of
human genitalia produce a protein that “eats up” invading HIV —
possibly keeping the spread of the AIDS more contained than it might
otherwise be.

Even more important, enhancing the activity of this protein, called
Langerin, could be a potent new way to curtail the transmission of the
virus that causes AIDS, the Dutch scientists added.

Langerin is produced by Langerhans cells, which form a web-like
network in skin and mucosa. This network is one of the first structures
HIV confronts as it attempts to infect its host.

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One Response to “Scientists Discover ‘Natural Barrier’ to HIV”

  1. Lets hope this discovery is utilized by the scientists to combat AIDS or even cure it.