Published in Vaccine Weekly, September 23rd, 1996
The protein, called lectin, acts as a barrier between HIV and the immune system cells that it targets, a team of chemists reported at the annual festival of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
"[Our findings] are a breakthrough but they are not the end product yet," Pierre Rizkallah of the Daresbury Laboratory near Warrington in northern England said at a news conference.
The lectin proteins in the flower bulbs are attracted and bind to a sugar called mannose. Mannose sugars are found...
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