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Offline Jwhite8040

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Researchers Develop Technique That Prevents HIV From Reproducing, Philadelphia Inquirer Reports

Researchers from the biotechnology company Virxsys and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a gene therapy technique that prevents HIV from reproducing, according to a study presented Wednesday at the 15th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

For the study, the researchers removed CD4+ T cells from an HIV-positive person and inserted into the cells a gene that stops the virus from reproducing. The researchers then used a University of Pennsylvania patented technology to multiply the T cells one hundred-fold and put them back into the patient. The gene which the researchers inserted into the T cells prevents HIV from containing itself in a shell, making the virus unable to reproduce and form new HIV-infected cells. The study also found that HIV self-destructed when the cells were inserted back into the patient.

The study examined nine randomly chosen HIV-positive people and found that all nine had high HIV viral loads after undergoing the treatment but that most of the virus had mutated into harmless forms. A clinical trial among 54 HIV-positive people is ongoing to determine the safety of the technique, called VRX496, and the best dosages. None of the trial participants has experienced serious negative side effects, and many have suppressed HIV viral loads and increased their T cells.

The technique "raises hope" within the HIV vaccine research community that if a preventive vaccine is not developed, the technique could be used to control HIV among people already living with the virus, the Inquirer reports. Gary McGarrity, executive vice president for scientific affairs at Virxsys, said the "buzzword" in gene therapy research is "viral 'fitness'" and that VRX496 "diminishe HIV fitness up to two years after treatment."

The possibility of the technique becoming an FDA-approved treatment is several years away, but Virxsys CEO Riku Rautsola estimated the potential cost for a one-time series of infusions would be $130,000, compared with the roughly $700,000 cost for lifetime treatment with antiretroviral drugs. Rautsola said the company hopes the treatment will become a "frontline therapy," adding that it "would clearly be better in terms of quality of life" for people living with HIV/AIDS (McCullough, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/7).


Offline Patrick

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Very interesting treatment.  Reading though the article it mentions that many of the trial volunteers have high levels of virus in their blood but it is a harmless type.  Then it goes on to say that many of the trial participants have suppressed viral loads.  These two statements seem contradictory to me.  I'd love to see the viral load counts before/after treatment, cd4 counts before/after etc.....

I also wonder that if this treatment offers all of us a pill-free way to combat HIV, if having this "neutered" HIV in our systems will cause any side-effects itself.  We all know that HIV by itself can cause neuropathy and lipodystrophy/atrophy so I am curious as to whether or not this neutered virus is benign in those respects as well.

I guess all these questions will be answered in due time.  I just hate waiting.  Hopefully one day we can all stop taking pills and have our immune systems genetically enhanced.  Science = hope.  For me, anyway.
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Offline John2038

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The PHASE II has provide a better result regarding the VL, probably due to a better dosing.

Offline Jake72

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Hey folks!

This is intriguing news, indeed. Thanks for positing it. Would anyone happen to know when this Phase II trial is ending? I understand that  the results we've just seen are interim results.

If everything goes well, I'd love to see this slide right into Phase III.



Offline Jacques

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some updated news posted yesterday by Tim Horn:


sounds very promissing

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Offline J220

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 Undetectable after two months, without meds....wow...Very promising indeed!
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