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B Cells May Help Maintain HIV Infection

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September 1, 2000
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National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases
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NIAID scientists report for the first time that B cells - the antibody-producing cells of the immune system - help ferry HIV throughout the blood and can likely deliver the virus to nearby T cells. This discovery helps explain several phenomena associated with HIV infection and paves the way for new approaches to eliminating the virus from the blood.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) devastates the body's ability to fight off infection by destroying a key class of T cells essential for maintaining a vigorous immune response. Now, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) report for the first time that B cells-the antibody-producing cells of the immune system-help ferry HIV throughout the blood and can likely deliver the virus to nearby T cells. This discovery, reported in the September 4 issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine, helps explain several phenomena associated with HIV infection and paves the way for new approaches to eliminating the virus from the blood.


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