Many decades have passed and still there is no cure for the disease of the millennium. Although researchers and important health organizations spend enormous budgets on extensive studies for other diseases, HIV still remains a mystery in terms of cure and treatment.
A new study reveals that HIV could be overcome by a process that could stop the virus from multiplying. Seemingly, HIV cells invade an activated immune microorganism, devouring all its sugar and nutrients, thus allowing the virus to replicate and grow at a rapid pace. In the recent years the virus has also seen serious mutations, which makes it stronger, hence harder to kill and stop for multiplying.
By turning on the immune cell’s nutrient and sugar flow through an experimental compound, the virus flow can be blocked as a result of starving, as without the sugar flow in certain cells HIV cannot replicate in human cells.
This new approach was experimented by a team of researchers at Northwestern Medicine and Vanderbilt University that discovered a first step in stocking the T cell’s pantry. This involves turning on a special component also known as phospholipase D1. By blocking this compound, HIV replication can be suppressed.
This discovery is important not only HIV related but also in cancer cases, as cancer cells also feed on sugar and similar cellular nutrients, using these compounds to spread throughout the body.
HIV and other deadly diseases as cancer survive when they can break through and assimilate the sugar pantry that actually is an activated T cell. HIV is addicted on the host’s glucose and other nutrients with a sugary base. A deactivated or less activated T cell can slow the spread of the virus by stopping the flow of essential nutrients, thus starving the voracious HIV to death.
Of course this is not the first attempt to find an efficient alternative in blocking and stopping the spread of this gruesome virus, but by now it seems that this information offers very precious insights on how HIV can be diminished.
There was a previous experiment with successful results in HIV treatment, for a patient who was suffering for leukemia.
The healing of an HIV contaminated patient who benefited from a long term treatment for leukemia has opened new paths of discovery in the AIDS realm. Timothy Brown, the “Berlin patient” had his HIV eradicated by a complex treatment in 2007. This marked the first realistic perspective in finding a cure for the disease.
Curing HIV in the case of Timothy consisted of a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation resistant to HIV infection. However, this is still a complicated method that cannot be replicated on a large scale. Researchers are clinging to less limited resources and more simplified systems to exploit recent discoveries in immune system-boosting drugs.
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