?PURE? STEM CELLS LET MICE FIGHT OFF HIV
?Again, it’s good to be a mouse,? says Scott Wolf, Director of Research and CEO of Grace Century. ?Science is starting to unravel the mysteries using stem cells and gene therapies… they are using a regenerative medicine approach to fight the diseases of our world. We’re actually starting to see these kinds of stories on a daily basis now!?
Posted by Charles Casey-UC Davis on December 30, 2014
“Developing a technique to purify the population of HIV-resistant stem cells is the most important breakthrough of this research,” says Joseph Anderson. “We now have a strategy that shows great promise for offering a functional cure for the disease.”
An improved gene therapy strategy using modified human stem cells shows promise in animal models as a functional cure for HIV.
The achievement, which involves an improved technique to purify populations of HIV-resistant stem cells, opens the door for human clinical trials that were recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
?We have devised a gene therapy strategy to generate an HIV-resistant immune system in patients,? says Joseph Anderson, principal investigator of the study and assistant professor of internal medicine at University of California, Davis.