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Web address: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/ 080114090726.htm Cell Protein Found That Literally Nips HIV In The Bud ScienceDaily (Jan. 14, 2008) — UCLA researchers have found that a key protein in the body's dendritic cells can stop the virus that causes AIDS from "budding" -- part of the virus' life cycle that is crucial to its ability to replicate and infect other cells. "If we can block virus generation, then we can control the disease," said lead author Shen Pang, associate professor in the division of oral biology and medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry and a member of the UCLA AIDS Institute. Dendritic cells are specialized white blood cells in the skin, mucosa and lymph nodes that kick-start a primary immune response to foreign invaders by activating lymphocytes, including the T cells that HIV targets. Though dendritic cells can be infected with HIV -- and indeed play a crucial role in transmitting the virus to T cells -- studies have shown
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