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New Chemical May Halt HIV Infection

by Medindia Content Team on  February 10, 2006 at 6:17 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
New Chemical May Halt HIV Infection
Infection from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can be blocked by a chemical called CSA-54, according to US based scientists. The disease is reportedly responsible for 25 million deaths across the world since 1981. The lab tests of the chemical CSA-54 found that it disables the virus's ability to infect cells, according to BBC News.
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The tests were carried out by researcher Derya Unutmaz, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and his team. HIV specifically targets a type of immune cell called CD4+. The lab tests showed that CSA-54 blocked infection by disrupting HIV's ability to interact with the cells. The compound is expected to be equally effective against all the strains of the HIV virus.

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The chemical was developed by the scientists at Brigham Young University, Utah, and is licensed to a company called Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals. Brigham Young University and Vanderbilt have jointly filed a patent on the compounds. The research is still at its early stages, and many years may pass before clinical trials are conducted.

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There is a website that is tracking the news about CSA-54. It's at http://www.csa54.info.
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