A team from the Pasteur Institute succeeded in identifying a vulnerability in cells called "deposits" of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, which opens the way to the elimination of virus, specialized publications reported today. According to medical sources, antiretrovirals so far block the virus that causes the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and acts against the virus and its multiplication, but cannot eliminate the infected cells.
"Now with our work, it is about characterizing the infected cells in order to point to the cells and removing them from the organism infected with HIV," explained the study leader, Spanish Asier Saez-Cirión.
According to the sources, the works are a step towards a possible recovery for the patients thanks to the elimination of the cells that act as a deposit, also called the reservoirs or "latent virus". The discovery would involve the knowledge of a formula that would remove the AIDS virus, which so far could only slow its progress.
The discovery was made by French researchers coordinated by a Spanish researcher who managed to block HIV activity with inhibitors, in addition to discovering how to remove the cells infected by the virus. But at present, the method is not yet applicable in patients, the study explained in the journal Cell Metabolism.