Scientists Disarm AIDS Virus’ Attack on Immune System
And you might be looking at that title, wondering what HIV has to do with Lyme disease.
Well, I'm wondering if there is any relationship...
"Scientists say they have found a way to disarm the AIDS virus in research that could lead to a vaccine. Researchers have discovered that if they eliminate a cholesterol membrane surrounding the virus, HIV cannot disrupt communication among disease-fighting cells and the immune system returns to normal.
Scientists have discovered that HIV needs cholesterol, which it picks up from the first immune cells it infects, to keep the virus' outer membrane fluid. That allows it to communicate with - and disrupt - the body's immune system."
Chlamydia apparently has a membrane with cholesterol in it, as does Borrelia burgdorferi (review this entry posted on Friday). I wonder if Borrelia burgdorferi can do the same thing to the immune system that HIV does? Does it disrupt communication among disease-fighting cells, too? It certainly does evade the immune system even though the immune system gives it a huge response when present.
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