Medindia

X

Anti-Fungal Cream to Wipe Out AIDS Virus

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  September 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
Ciclopirox, a common anti-fungal medicine may actually help eradicate AIDS causing virus from cells by shutting down the powerhouse of the cell, researchers claim."
 Anti-Fungal Cream to Wipe Out AIDS Virus
Anti-Fungal Cream to Wipe Out AIDS Virus
Advertisement

The method still has to undergo clinical tests on humans, but experts say the fact that it's already FDA-approved may speed up the process, the New York Daily News reported.

Advertisement
Researchers from Rutgers' New Jersey Medical School said that the drug caused the HIV-infected cells to "commit suicide" by blocking the mitochondria, which is a cell's "powerhouse."

Normal cells actually have a built-in self-destruct function that is triggered when they become infected or damaged.

However, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can disable this so-called suicide feature.

Ciclopirox was shown to reactivate this ability while also sparing the healthy cells.

Researchers said that the virus did not bounce back or return when the drug was stopped.

This is not the case with the available anti-HIV drugs, which keep the virus at bay but do not eliminate it.

The study was published online in the journal PLOS ONE.

Source: ANI
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.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All