Tuesday, August 24, 2010

HIV Breakthrough With Existing FDA-Approved Meds

For obvious reasons I have been paying much more attention to HIV/AIDS-related issues lately.  Promising news via Joe.My.God:

Scientists at the University of Minnesota believe that two existing FDA-approved cancer medications may work jointly to eliminate HIV infections.
The two drugs, decitabine and gemcitabine -- both FDA approved and currently used in pre-cancer and cancer therapy -- were found to eliminate HIV infection in the mouse model by causing the virus to mutate itself to death -- an outcome researchers dubbed "lethal mutagenesis." This is a landmark finding in HIV research because it is the first time this novel approach has been used to attack the deadly virus without causing toxic side effects. Because decitabine and gemcitabine are already FDA approved, researchers believe that if their research is effective in large animal models, it will be much easier to expedite the development of the drugs for human use.
Researchers found that the drugs caused no cell toxicity and were effective against HIV in levels below "well below" those used for cancer. The drugs are now being reformulated for oral use.


Anonymous said...

Well, that's great news! I think I saw something in passing but I was too unfocused to read about it.

There is hope. I always knew that. This will be a thing of yesterday.

froggy said...

Good news. Loves scientists.

Wonder Man said...

That's good news

mrs. miss alaineus said...

great news!!!!


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