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Researchers identify possible achilles heel of HIV
Researchers identify possible achilles heel of HIV (June 4, 2015 - Insidermedicine) From Chicago - Research published in PLOS Pathogens finds a potential achilles heel of HIV. Researchers know that after HIV invades an activated T cell, the virus needs sugar and nutrients directly from the cell in order to propel it’s growth throughout the body. Researchers discovered the switch, known as PLD1, that turns on the cells sugar and nutrient pipeline. They then found that using a compound to block this switch shut down the pipeline and consequently starved the virus to death. Using human cells in vitro, the virus was then unable to replicate.
 
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