A group of American scientists discovered what might be termed the “weakness” of the HIV virus. The finding, published on Thursday by the prestigious scientific journal Nature, provide research to design a vaccine or drug against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the United States announced that the discovery of a protein that integrates the surface of HIV that is vulnerable to an antibody called B12.

Even scientists have generated an image of X-rays showing the cover of the new edition of Nature-in which he notes how this antibody “attacking” the HIV virus causing AIDS. The protein, called gp120, is the weakest point of HIV, assured the specialists quoted by the magazine.

Through his work, scientists were able to “freeze” the characteristics of gp120 that, like the rest of the virus, basa its strength in its ability to mutation. Thus, the protein with stable characteristics that made the virus loses its immunity when it was attacked with the antibody mentioned in laboratory tests.

The move would allow evidence exists in developing a vaccine against evil, which generates 2.6 million deaths per year in the world, according to figures circulated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Creating a vaccine against AIDS is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our time. We have found a perforation in the armor of HIV and we opened a new way to confront it, “said the director of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, Elias A. Zerhouni.

Sources: Perfil

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