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HIV "Rides" Into Cells On Membrane Rafts, NIAID Scientists Determine

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November 22, 2001
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The AIDS-causing virus, HIV, must attach to cholesterol-rich regions of a cell's membrane before it can do its destructive work, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have discovered. When the investigators removed cholesterol from the cells, HIV lost much of its ability to produce new virus particles and infect additional cells.

The AIDS-causing virus, HIV, must attach to cholesterol-rich regions of a cell's membrane before it can do its destructive work, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have discovered. When the investigators removed cholesterol from the cells, HIV lost much of its ability to produce new virus particles and infect additional cells. These findings provide a more detailed picture of how HIV travels into and out of cells as well as possible ways to block that travel.


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NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "HIV "Rides" Into Cells On Membrane Rafts, NIAID Scientists Determine." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 November 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011120043526.htm>.
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (2001, November 22). HIV "Rides" Into Cells On Membrane Rafts, NIAID Scientists Determine. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011120043526.htm
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "HIV "Rides" Into Cells On Membrane Rafts, NIAID Scientists Determine." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011120043526.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

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