UF Researchers Link Cats to Possible Human HIV Vaccine
Published October 2nd, 2013
GAINESVILLE-University of Florida researchers are saying human HIV positive blood is fighting feline AIDS.... And it may be the key to unlocking an HIV vaccine for everyone.
There's about a 50 to 60 percent similarity between HIV and it's feline cousin, FIV.
According to UF researchers that may be enough of a match to pave the way for a vaccine to help prevent the spread of the virus in humans.
Blood from HIV positive humans shows an immune response to a feline AIDS virus protein.
UF Retroviral Immunology Professor, Dr Janet Yamamoto is isolating immune response activity to work on creating a t cell based vaccine
Yamamoto explains,"T Cells are cells that actually, a certain type of t cells will actually identify infected HIV and FIV infected cells and kill the cell."
She adds that before a human vaccine can released she would like to also conduct research on the simian AIDS virus vaccine in monkeys.
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