Thursday, 9 April 2015

Antibody That Drastically Reduces HIV


Good news- Scientists have developed an antibody capable of drastically reducing HIV viral load.

The newly discovered antibody, 3BNC117, is a clone of a naturally occurring antibody in people who have been infected with HIV for a long period.

When a person is infected with HIV, the body's defence (antibodies) cannot stop it from spreading because HIV keeps mutating- changing its form so it is unrecognizable to the antibodies meant to destroy it.

 The cloned antibody is able to catch HIV off guard and belongs to a new generation of broadly neutralizing antibodies that potently fight a wide range of HIV strains.

In eight patients given the highest dose of antibodies, the amount of HIV in their blood systems dropped 300-fold without any apparent side effects. The patients were monitored for 56 days after receiving the therapy.

Scientists are optimistic a vaccine for HIV will soon be made.


No comments:

Post a Comment

Cord blood: The blood "miracle"

Did you know how important cord blood is? I'm guessing no but in the next couple of years, it will be much more popular than it is no...