In a study by the National Institute of Health and other institutions, the drug acyclovir, when changed by the herpes virus, has been used to reduce the ability of the AIDs virus to reproduce. The study was published online in Cell Host & Microbe.
“The findings open up promising new avenues of investigation in the fight against the AIDS virus,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
While forms of herpes, like simplex virus-1 and simplex virus-2 cuase cold sores and genital herpes, some herpes viruses don’t cause such symptoms and are belived relatively harmless. The study’s senior author, Leonid Margolis, M.D., Ph.D., head of NICHD’s Section on Intercellular Interaction, indicated that there is a good chance that other forms of herpes viruses could also have ability to alter acyclovir so that it fights HIV. This could make this find a major step in AIDs research.
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