Lectins can hamper HIV-AIDS virus from infecting cells: researchers claim

Lectins can hamper HIV-AIDS virus from infecting cells: researchers claim Researchers at the University of Utah have claimed that they have found new set of compounds which can help scientists find a cure for deadly virus HIV.

The new group of compounds can prevent sexual transmission of the HIV-AIDS by sticking to the sugary coating of the virus and prevent it from infecting cells.

Available throughout nature, Lectins are a group of molecules that interact and truss with particular sugars. It may be noted here that the AIDS virus hides it from the immune system by coating itself with sugars.

Researchers found lectins, which can be derived from plants and bacteria, hamper the entry of HIV into cells by binding to sugar coatings around the virus.

Separately, British Columbia is advancing with its plans to make HIV-AIDS testing routine during a hospital visit. , leaving the rest of Canada behind when it comes to stomping out the deadly virus.

Vancouver hospitals will ask every patient to go under HIV-AIDS testing. The main objective is to detect infected people so that action can be taken in time and their lives can be prolonged. Detection of virus at an early stage will also help in reducing transmission of the deadly virus to others.

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