HIV Can Lie Dormant in the Brain. Here's What that Means. Print
Written by Doug Miller, University of Florida | Live Science   
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00
The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, has long been known to target and disable cells of the immune system, which are responsible for fighting off invading  microorganisms and for suppressing malignant cancers. More recently, researchers also learned HIV not only targets immune cells in the bloodstream but also in the brain and spinal cord and that HIV can lie dormant in a person's body for many years.
My mentor, Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei, has been working on this problem and learned that one consequence of HIV in the brain is that age-related diseases develop much earlier. This includes neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as an increased susceptibility to drug addiction.
Our lab wanted to learn why.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 18:19