Navigation Links
Prostratin- Drug to eradicate HIV

According to researchers at Peterson Medical College, a strategy was developed - using a natural compound to flush the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) out of dormancy in the cellular reservoirs of the body. Prostratin, an agent,comes from a Samoan rainforest tree, and appears to stimulate the virus, which causes AIDS, in a way that allows the body's immune system to detect and attack it.//

Dr. Roger Pomerantz, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Peterson Medical College feels that the action of that compund is two folded- Firstly it stops HIV from infecting other cells by decreasing receptors and it drives HIV out of latency. Though the therapy was only tested in a laboratory setting, the researchers predict they will gain approval to test their hypothesis in patients as early as next year.

Prostratin could be a crucial second tier treatment in the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the last five years, anti-HIV drugs, known as highly active antiretrovirus therapy (HAART), have brought the virus under control by drastically reducing its presence, or load, in patients. But HAART does not completely eradicate HIV. Instead, the virus goes into hiding and persists in undetectable levels in the blood. Prostratin therapy could provide a means by which to flag the furtive HIV in its hiding place. Then, by driving out the HIV, the HAART drugs and the body's own defenses can seek out and destroy it.

This may be the first drug that might stimulate both T-cells and macrophages, both of which might be reservoirs for virus. However this approach is debatable. Many researchers feel that the working of this compound is still to be confirmed and tested.

According to him it's an approach that, in the clinical community, there would be some level of resistance to. This is something that would turn the virus on and clinical prognosis is related to the levels of virus in the system. In fact, determining how mu ch of the virus needs to be "turned on" in order for the immune system and the HAART drugs to kill it, will be the most challenging part of developing prostratin for clinical use.

It's too soon to say that prostratin, for all its promising performance, will eradicate HIV-disease. When protease inhibitors were given to patients, researchers claimed that HIV will be 'eradicated'.


Related medicine news :

1. Final push to eradicate leprosy
2. A way to eradicate allergy
3. Strategies by the State Government to eradicate Chikungunya
4. Polio can be eradicated in India: Health Experts
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, ... out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control ... use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 ... by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of ... honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their writing skills ... patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him or ... Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, Genome magazine ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent ... “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, look ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), ... Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) expired effective ... As previously announced on May 31, 2016, ... agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 26, 2016 ... value-based care operating models within the health care industry ... greater financial efficiency , Deloitte offers a suite ... key business issues impacting efficient cost optimization: labor resource ... , These services facilitate better outcomes and better economics ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... N.J. , June 24, 2016  Collagen ... the design, development and manufacturing of collagen and ... regeneration announced today that Bill Messer ... and Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio ... medical devices. Bill joins the Collagen ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: