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Found in Spain mechanism of spread of HIV
A family of cells of the immune system, the myeloids, help HIV spreads more quickly inside the body, according to research published today by scientists quoted by Prensa Latina in Spanish. According to the study from the Institute of research of the HIV/AIDS IrsiCaixa of Barcelona, myeloid cells can capture HIV viruses rather than an immune response for concentrating them and passes to CD4-T lymphocytes.
The function of these cells consists on capture infectious agents, degrade them and get some of their molecules, then move to the lymph nodes, where microbes are destroyed specifically and the infected cells too. However HIV takes advantage of myeloid cells and refuge itself in them without degrading at all, according to this discovery.
IrsiCaixa published research in the journal Retrovirology, announced that it investigates a drug against this mechanism of propagation to develop new strategies for the eradication of HIV. The Center installed in the Germans Trias Pujol of Barcelona hospital , worked with tonsils of people not infected with HIV and could isolate first woven of human myeloid cells.
This new discovery can open the door to the development of new drugs and possible therapies.