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HIV Nef Protein Plays Both Offense And Defense In Battle Between AIDS Virus And Body's Immune System

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April 23, 2001
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In fighting the body's immune system, HIV owes part of its success to its ability to destroy those cells normally recruited to mount the body's counter-attack against the HIV-infected cells. Lying at the crux of such success is a viral protein called Nef, which protects its infected host while simultaneously destroying the neighboring uninfected cells of the immune system, according to scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.

In fighting the body's immune system, HIV owes part of its success to its ability to destroy those cells normally recruited to mount the body's counter-attack against the HIV-infected cells. Lying at the crux of such success is a viral protein called Nef, which protects its infected host while simultaneously destroying the neighboring uninfected cells of the immune system, according to scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.


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University Of California, San Francisco. (2001, April 23). HIV Nef Protein Plays Both Offense And Defense In Battle Between AIDS Virus And Body's Immune System. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/04/010412081345.htm
University Of California, San Francisco. "HIV Nef Protein Plays Both Offense And Defense In Battle Between AIDS Virus And Body's Immune System." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/04/010412081345.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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