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Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have identified an antibody from an HIV-infected person that potently neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an attractive candidate for further development to potentially treat or prevent HIV infection, say the researchers.
Identifying broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV has been difficult because the virus rapidly changes its surface proteins to evade recognition by the immune system. In 2010, scientists at NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center (VRC) discovered an antibody called VRC01 that can stop up to 90 percent of HIV strains from infecting human cells. Like VRC01, N6 blocks infection by binding to a part of the HIV envelope called the CD4 binding site, preventing the virus from attaching itself to immune cells.
originally posted by: dantanna
i do not know why we keep hearing about potential treatments or cures, for years now, yet they cannot declare victory on this dreaded virus?
why do drug companies come out and say 'we have a cure' and then there is no cure?
Due to its potency, N6 may offer stronger and more durable prevention and treatment benefits, and researchers may be able to administer it subcutaneously (into the fat under the skin) rather than intravenously. In addition, its ability to neutralize nearly all HIV strains would be advantageous for both prevention and treatment strategies.
originally posted by: JJjumpman23
Don't be surprised if this "ground-breaking" science is covered up
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: FredT
I still do not understand he science behind it too much. Is this working like a back door, or sticking to a layer that is vulnerable inside the virus??