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SIV infection of natural hosts provides new insights into HIV disease complexity
Date:9/6/2007

of disease free SIVinfected sooty mangabeys, Silvestri proposes that these African monkeys preserve immune function despite a major loss of mucosal CD4 T-cells as a result of an evolutionary adaptation to reduce immune activation in response to virus replication.

The third of the three papers published this week in The Journal of Immunology, with Ivona Pandrea, M.D., Ph.D., and Cristian Apetrei, M.D., Ph.D., from Tulane University as lead authors, shows that a severe loss of intestinal CD4 T-cells in another natural host, the African green monkey, is also not predictive of SIV virulence.

These three papers published together indicate that CD4 T-cell depletion is one part of a more complex scenario that results in the clinical signs identified as AIDS, Sodora said. We hope that studies in these natural host models will lead to improved HIV vaccines or new therapeutics that might someday make HIV-infected people more like these disease-resistant sooty mangabeys.


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Contact: Lee Schoentrup
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Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
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