Navigation Links
Stem Cells Turned Into AIDS Killers in Lab Tests

Technique might work with many other viruses, researchers say

FRIDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've shown that human stem cells can be turned into cells that can kill those infected by the virus that causes AIDS.

Potentially, they say, the approach could target other viral diseases.

"We have demonstrated in this proof-of-principle study that this type of approach can be used to engineer the human immune system, particularly the T-cell response, to specifically target HIV-infected cells," lead investigator Scott G. Kitchen, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a school news release.

The research lays "the foundation for further therapeutic development that involves restoring damaged or defective immune responses toward a variety of viruses that cause chronic disease, or even different types of tumors," he said.

The researchers tried to clone cells in the immune system known as "killer" T-cells. They succeeded by coaxing engineered stem cells to develop into the immune cells, although they must be matched to individual people.

The next step is to see if the approach will work in humans, study co-author Jerome A. Zack, a professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at UCLA, said in a statement.

"This approach could be used to combat a variety of chronic viral diseases," Zack said. "It's like a genetic vaccine."

The study was published online Dec. 7 in PLoS ONE.

More information

Learn more about AIDS from the CDC.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, Dec. 7, 2009.

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Mechanism discovered by which bodys cells encourage tuberculosis infection
2. Why cancer cells just wont die
3. Stem Cells May Hold Hope for Eye Disease
4. Reportlinker Adds Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Advances & Applications
5. Adult Stem Cells Can Repair Damaged Heart
6. Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
7. Cord Blood Stem Cells May Help Treat Heart, Lung Disorders
8. Pro-active Manufacturers Save Millions with Advanced Flintec Medical Load Cells
9. Researchers identify proteins in lung cancer cells that may provide potential drug targets
10. New discovery about the formation of new brain cells
11. New research shows versatility of amniotic fluid stem cells
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... Marne, MI (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... has released a series of recent video interviews with some of the staff members ... life at the residential treatment facility, as well as some of the things that ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Cold Shoulder , LLC launched their Pro Vest, the latest version of ... goal of $20,000 in under 10 hours. , The campaign, which will ... Loss Vest to the market. , The PRO Vest provides consumers with a less expensive, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... , ... Dr. Rodney E. Willey , has answered a new calling – to relieve ... provides treatment for snoring and sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. He ... Disorders in the US, one of four in the Illinois area. , Dr. Willey’s ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... Bibliomotion is thrilled to announce the launch ... and Diversity by Nancy M. Schlichting, Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford ... address the needs of patients and their families, shaped my desire to improve the ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... products, announces Innovative Blending, a household invention that revolutionizes the vending machine industry ... Smoothie Bars market is worth $2 billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 Teledyne DALSA , a Teledyne ... technology, will introduce its CMOS X-Ray detector for mammography ... 29 to December 3, at McCormick Place in ... diagnostic and interventional imaging will be on display in the ... of advanced CMOS X-Ray detectors is the industry benchmark for ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Enova Illumination is ... of Helsinki, Finland to combine ... are at the cutting edge of medical visualization: Enova ... the United States and Novocam ... Together, they provide the world,s most powerful battery-operated LED ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015  Freudenberg Medical has developed specialty tubing ... outside of medical facilities. Africa ... care is sparse. Nevertheless, prompt diagnosis is important to treat ... the virus. With the help of a portable mini-lab or ... to village in affected areas and perform rapid testing for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: