Researchers from the University of Florida and University of California, San Francisco are reporting a surprise finding that may lead to the development of an effective vaccination against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). And the finding involves cats.
More specifically, it involves the discovery of an immune response in humans infected with HIV to a specific protein associated with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
If successful, the development of this particular vaccine product will mark the first time that T-cells have been used in a vaccine to prevent disease. It's a novel approach to a serious and difficult to solve problem.
T-cells are a part of the immune system, the natural response of the body to rid itself of disease. In this case, a peptide (a small protein) which is part of the makeup of the FIV virus has been found to activate a response by T-cells, allowing them to recognize, attack, and destroy cellsRead More »from Cats Bring Potential Breakthrough in HIV Research