New technique of cellular vaccination against HIV

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found a way to tether HIV-fighting antibodies to immune cells, creating a cell population resistant to the virus. Researchers have used membrane-tethered, receptor blocking antibodies to achieve this outcome.Here, cells protected from rhinovirus by membrane-tethered, receptor-blocking antibodies survive well and form colonies. Credit: Jia Xie, Lerner lab, The … Continue reading New technique of cellular vaccination against HIV

Animal study shows combination of antibodies are effective in HIV

Without antiretroviral drug treatment, the majority of people infected with HIV ultimately develop AIDS, as the virus changes and evolves beyond the body's ability to control it. But a small group of infected individuals called elite controllers possess immune systems capable of defeating the virus. They accomplish this by manufacturing broadly neutralizing antibodies, which can … Continue reading Animal study shows combination of antibodies are effective in HIV

HIV treatment with immunotherapy using VRC01 shows promise and limitations

Immunotherapy has revolutionized treatment options in oncology, neurology, and many infectious diseases and now there is fresh hope that the same method could be used to treat or functionally cure HIV, according to two related studies from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the … Continue reading HIV treatment with immunotherapy using VRC01 shows promise and limitations