HIV is still one of the sneakiest, harsh and dangerous diseases of our modern times, causing large numbers of victims and continuing its spread worldwide. Extended studies and experiments carried on by specialists failed to provide a cure or at least a more optimistic overview on the matter.
However, it seems that recently an experimental vaccine may have the potential to stimulate the immune system and block HIV infection, according to a new research. The findings surely represent a step forward in the sustained effort to develop a vaccine against HIV. By now, researchers have managed to create an experimental substance able to elicit antibodies that can fight off the complex strains of the virus. All the information can be found in the US journals Cells and Science.
According to the recently revealed studies, with the help of this vaccine the immune system can be accelerated so that it can block the HIV infections. There are multiple approaches to a future HIV vaccine and each one demonstrates a particular phase of the process. Researchers have gathered together in an initiative to envelop three stages of an HIV vaccine, able to fight off the entire damaging cells in the virus strains.
The assembly of all these three components into a vaccine is the next step in the long run. After the formula will be entirely created, the human testing can happen in no more than two years.
The phases of the procedure have already been tested on animals and proved to be highly productive. Scientists are very enthusiastic about the results, stating that there are high chances for a successful treatment in the future.
The first study published in Science reveals the possibility to trigger the antibody system by the use of an engineered molecule that can mimic a weakened region of HIV, making broadly neutralizing antibodies. The second study explains how the use of an exclusively engineered molecule can complete the final stage of the maturation process to protective antibodies. Last but not least, the third test showed how the exclusively engineered molecule offered good results after being tested on rabbits.
With all powers combined, we expect the teams of researchers and scientists to gather all their precious know how and develop the cure for the future. Creating an HIV vaccine that can prove to be efficient would mean better life chances for humanity.
A member of the team recently declared that “it works much better than we expected, so we’re quite positive now about trying something more complicated, like a human”
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