The Cost And Benefit Of Immune Escape Mutation In Hiv

Grant number: 454553 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009

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Abstract

The HIV pandemic is a global emergency. The overall goal of this grant proposal is to elucidate the requirements for protective immunity to HIV. Although immune responses have some effect on HIV replication, the virus mutates and evolves to escape immune pressure. However, each mutation away from wild-type virus likely results in at least some impairment in the ability of the virus to replicate. Where efficient immune responses target regions of the virus that are critical to virus replication, escape mutations may result in viral variants incapable of causing disease. Resulting from an exciting collaboration between HIV and theoretical biologists, we have recently identified techniques to c..

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