Published in AIDS Weekly, October 9th, 1995
Researchers hoped the discovery could eventually lead to new AIDS therapies that block the gene's action and allow immune cells to continue multiplying and fighting HIV the same way they battle bacteria and flu viruses.
In the October 1, 1995, issue of the Journal of Virology, the scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), AIDS Institute reported that the Vpr gene contains the blueprint for a protein that interferes with CD4 cells, preventing them from dividing into two identical cells.
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