Periodontal Disease Could Act As A Risk-Factor For HIV-1 Reactivation

by Aruna on  April 6, 2009 at 3:56 PM AIDS/HIV News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
 Periodontal Disease Could Act As A Risk-Factor For HIV-1 Reactivation
Researchers in Japan suggest that periodontal disease may act as a risk factor for reactivating latent HIV-1 in affected individuals.
Advertisement

Scientists from Tokyo-based Nihon University highlight the fact that latently infected cells harbor HIV-1 proviral DNA genomes integrated with heterochromatins, allowing for the persistence of transcriptionally silent proviruses.

Advertisement
They have found that the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), which causes periodontal diseases, may strongly facilitate HIV-1 reactivation via chromatin modification.

The researchers say that their findings indicate that periodontal disease could act as a risk-factor for HIV-1 reactivation in latently infected individuals, and might contribute to the systemic dissemination of the virus causing clinical progression of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

According to them, their study emphasizes the essential role of maintaining oral hygiene and controlling oral diseases for the prevention of AIDS.

The findings were presented at the 87th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Source: ANI
ARU/L
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Dental Care during Pregnancy Does Oral Health Affect Your Heart? 
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive