Thursday, July 4, 2013
The CCR5 Receptor and HIV/AIDS
The recently reported news that an AIDS patient has been successfully cured of his disease is a very exciting development in regards to global public health. The methodology used to affect this outcome is directly related to the manner in which the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) gains entry into its host cell. HIV enters and ultimately kills the so-called,” T-Helper” cell that plays a critical role in adaptive human immunity. Once a significant portion of these cells are destroyed, the patient displays the classic symptoms of AIDS – the inability to successfully fight off infections by invading micro-organisms.