As a part of a research collaboration, scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Sweden, have developed a new drug candidate against HIV-infection. The new substance, named alphaHGA, will be tested on patients this year. In a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy, parts of the research essential for the performance of the clinical trial are presented.
At the end of 2004, approximately 40 million people were living with HIV-infection, most of them in southern Africa. Annually, approximately three million people die from the infection, many of them young. Despite huge efforts, there has been no success in developing a vaccine against HIV. However, a number of drugs are used for treatment of HIV-infected individuals. The drugs cannot cure an infected person, but can slow down the disease progression. There are about 20 drugs commercially available, but since the virus can develop resistance and since the drugs are associated with side effects, there is a need for new, safer drugs.
Elin Andersson, M.Sc, presents in her thesis studies showing that the compound GPG-NH2 inhibits HIV in culture.
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