The way that HIV disables the body’s natural defences against retroviruses is not as well understood as recent studies suggest, according to new research published in the Open Access journal Retrovirology. Klaus Strebel and his colleagues from NIH found that the HIV encoded Vif protein does not need to destroy the enzyme APOBEC3G within infected cells to disable it. This latest finding has serious implications for the design of antivirals to fight HIV.
APOBEC3G is one of the most recently identified ways that the body fights off unwanted attacks by retroviruses such as HIV. APOBEC3G is a cellular enzyme with the ability to chemically modify viral genomes and to change their genetic code. The changes to the HIV genome effectively neutralize it and prevent it from spreading to uninfected cells.
Recent research has shown that HIV has found a way to outsmart the body’s attempts to prevent it from replicating. HIV’s viral infectivity factor, or Vif, can prevent the packaging of APOBEC3G into the virus particles, stopping the enzyme from damaging the viral genome. The most popular current working model proposes that Vif does this by destroying APOBEC3G in infected cells.
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